Re: Utagawa Hiroshige

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Posted by Alec W. ( on January 09, 2021 at 16:11:37:

In Reply to: Utagawa Hiroshige posted by James Q Merrow on January 06, 2021 at 20:45:27:

Without any pictures of what you actually have, it's a bit hard to say, but some observations...

Hiroshige designed a bunch of Tōkaidō series, some of them in smaller form factors, including some in "chūban" size, which is the size that it sounds like you are looking at. Horizontal chūban series include the "Kyōka Tōkaidō" and the "Kichizo Tōkaidō".

But posthumous recuts, some in different sizes from the originals, of many of these series were of course quite numerous.

So I see two possibilities:

1. You have prints from a later (probably 20th-century) reproduction, or
2. You have an original print from one of the chūban-sized series, and the design just happens to be quite similar to one from a more famous ōban-sized series

Without any other information to go from, I'd say that #1 is much more likely, but it may be worth looking at "Hara" from each of the Hiroshige Tōkaidō series for reference. A good reference on these can be found here:


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