C1865

Otsu

Artist:

Utagawa Sadahide (1807 - 1873)

Fabulous woodblock of Otsu by Utagawa Sadahide, from the series Suehiro gojûsan tsugi Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido Road. The scene shows a magnificent procession of daimyo (feudal lords) traveling on the Tokaido road at Otsu. This famous series comprised fifty … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Otsu

Date:

C1865

Artist:

Utagawa Sadahide (1807 - 1873)

Condition:

In good condition

Technique:

Wood block.

Image Size: 

245mm 
x 365mm
AUTHENTICITY
Otsu - Antique Print from 1865

Genuine antique
dated:

1865

Description:

Fabulous woodblock of Otsu by Utagawa Sadahide, from the series Suehiro gojûsan tsugi Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido Road. The scene shows a magnificent procession of daimyo (feudal lords) traveling on the Tokaido road at Otsu. This famous series comprised fifty three woodblocks of the various stations along the route and was a collaborative work by several artists such as Hiroshige II, Kuniteru and Yoshitoshi.

Otsu is the capital city of Shiga Prefecture and the main port of Lake Biwa, the largest lake in Japan. Otsu prospered during the Edo period (1603 –1868) because of the port and for its role as a shukuba, or post town.

Biography:

Utagawa Sadahide (1807-1873)

Also known as Gountei Sadahide, Gyokuransai Gyokuo, Hashimoto Kenjiro, and Hashimoto Gyokuransai. Sadahide was a member of the Utagawa school and best known for his ukiyo-e prints. 

Born in Fusa Province in Shimosa and joined Kunisada’s studio in 1820 becoming his best student and taking his masters surname. His made his first series in 1824, Misaogata Tsuge no Ogushi and many of his early works were bijin-ga (portraits of beauties). During the 1830-1840s he then started making woodblocks of musha-e (warrior prints) and landscapes.

By the 1850s he began to make woodblocks of the Opium wars, maps and ones of foreigners in Japan.

He moved to Nagasaki and there produced a 10m panorama and a number of books on the geography and history of Western countries. He was one ten artists that were part of a delegation of the Tougawa Shogunate sent to the International Exhibition of 1867 in Paris where he exhibited ten woodblocks of Edo.

By then he was the most successful ukiyo-artist in Japan.

 

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