C1865

24 Kanaya the twenty fourth station on the Tokiado.

Magnificent woodblock by Hiroshige II Utagawa Hiroshige ( 1826 – 1872) of the post-town of Kanaya, the twenty fourth station on the Tokaido* located in what is now part of Shimada, Shizuoka Prefecture. The views in this series depict the … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

24 Kanaya the twenty fourth station on the Tokiado.

Date:

C1865

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Woodblock.

Paper Size: 

241mm 
x 358mm
AUTHENTICITY
24 Kanaya the twenty fourth station on the Tokiado. - Antique Print from 1865

Genuine antique
dated:

1865

Description:

Magnificent woodblock by Hiroshige II Utagawa Hiroshige ( 1826 – 1872) of the post-town of Kanaya, the twenty fourth station on the Tokaido* located in what is now part of Shimada, Shizuoka Prefecture.

The views in this series depict the journey of Tokugawa Iemochi (1846-1866) the 14th shogun of the Tokugawa shogunate from Edo to Kyoto on April 22, 1863 who had been summoned by the emperor. This was the first time in 230 years that a shogun had visited Kyoto. He travelled with over 3,000 retainers as an escort and with all the pomp and ceremony that was expected of a shogun.

A number of artists and publishers collaborated on this series.

*Tokaido literally means, the Eastern Sea Road and was the main feudal road in Japan that ran mainly along the coast for five hundred kilometers between the capital, Edo (Tokyo), where the Shogun* lived and Kyoto, where the Emperor resided. Over time, the fifty three stations became post-towns which supplied horses, porter stations, lodgings and food for travellers.

Published date/seal: 1865 (Genji 2/ Keio 1 V)

From the series, Suehiro gojusan tsugi (Fifty-Three Stations with a Folding Fan or Fan Tokaido). 

References:
Keyes, R. Courage and Silence: A Study of the Life and Color Woodblock Prints of Tsukioka Yoshitoshi 1839-1892. Cinncinnati,1982. #138.
Marks, A. Japanese Woodblock Prints Artists, Publishers & Masterworks 1680-1900.Singapore 2010. Seal p.485

Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido ( - )

The Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido, was a  series of woodblock views first made famous by Utagawa Hiroshige in 1834. The Tokaido connected Edo where the shogun resided, with the then capital of Kyoto where the Emperor lived. It ran along the eastern coast of Honshu and along the road, there were 53 different post stations, which provided stables, food, and lodgings for travellers. The road ran through some of the most picturesque scenery in Japan. The series inspired generations of artists not only in Japan but in Europe.

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Hiroshige II Utagawa Hiroshige (1826 - 1872)

Utagawa Hiroshige (1826-1869) was a ukiyo-e artist who inherited the name Hiroshige II following the death in 1858 of his master Utagawa Hiroshige born Ando Hiroshige (1797-1858). Born Suzuki Chinpei in 1826 and was apprenticed to Utagawa Hiroshige under the name Shigenobu at an unknown age. He produced a large number of commissioned work in the 1850s in the style of his master, and often signed his work Ichiryusai mon ("student of Ichiryūsai", another art name of Hiroshige I), and from c. 1853 to 1858 simply as Ichiryusai. In 1858, he married Hiroshige I's daughter Otatsu after the master's death and inherited the Hiroshige name, as well as the names Ichiryūsai and Ryūsai. He moved from Edo to Yokohama in 1865 after dissolving his marriage and began using the name Kisai Rissho. During this decade he produced a number of collaborative print series, particularly with Yoshitoshi and Kunisada, who had earlier worked with Hiroshige I. He died on 17 September 1869 he died at the age of 44.

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