This original woodblock print by Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858) measures 10" high by 12" long framed, with the print measuring 6" high by 8" long, Chuban size. This print is entitled 'Ferryboats at Arai', #32 from the series 'Fifty-Three Stations of Tokaido. Tokaido Road was a stretch of road measuring about 500 miles, and connecting Edo (Tokyo) with Kyoto, the country's capital. There were 53 stations or posts along the road. In 1832, Hiroshige first traveled from his home in Edo (Tokyo) to Kyoto along the Tokaido road. The journey was an eye opening and life changing experience for him. As an urban man of Edo he had experienced life mainly in the capital. He immediately returned to Edo after the trip and began his masterwork woodblock series from the sketches he had made on his journey. Hiroshige's Tokaido prints are an opportunity to be transported back in time to see this world as Hiroshige did in the shadow of the Tokugawa Shogunate. 'Ferryboats at Arai' is a lively scene of a ferryboat carrying a daimyo across the water from Maisaka to Arai, with standards flying and an awning screening the lord. A smaller boat follows carrying the daimyo's retainers with two boatmen poling the craft. The print's original date of printing was c1835. This woodblock dates to c1920. It has deep color and sharp key block lines. It has numerous Kanji script title/series boxes, and Hiroshige's Kanji cipher. This framed print is in excellent condition, and is matted with acid-free archival quality materials. It's a true work of art!
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