C1865

32 Shirasuka the thirty second station on the Tokaido.

Magnificent woodblock by Utagawa Hiroshige III (1842-1894) of the post-town of Shirasuka, the thirty second on the Tokaido*. The print depicts the shogun’s procession flying a Uma-jirushi* with the ocean in the background. The views in this series depict the … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

32 Shirasuka the thirty second station on the Tokaido.

Date:

C1865

Condition:

Small tears to outer sheet edge, otherwise in good condition.

Technique:

Woodblock.

Paper Size: 

241mm 
x 358mm
AUTHENTICITY
32 Shirasuka the thirty second station on the Tokaido. - Antique Print from 1865

Genuine antique
dated:

1865

Description:

Magnificent woodblock by Utagawa Hiroshige III (1842-1894) of the post-town of Shirasuka, the thirty second on the Tokaido*. The print depicts the shogun’s procession flying a Uma-jirushi* with the ocean in the background.

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.

*Uma-jirushi were massive flags used in feudal Japan to identify a daimyo or shogun.

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

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

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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Utagawa Hiroshige III (1842 - 1894)

Utagawa Hiroshige III (1842-1894) was a ukiyo-e artist who was a student of Utagawa Hiroshige. He was also referred to as Ando Tokubei. Born Gotō Torakichi, he was given the artistic name Shigemasa. In 1867, after Hiroshige II, a fellow pupil of the original Hiroshige, divorced the master's daughter Otatsu, Goto married her and initially took on the name Hiroshige II as well, but by 1869 he began calling himself Hiroshige III.

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