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Neal Prince Trust
being the Grantor to the
Neal A. Prince and Herbert W. Hemphill, Jr. Estate Holding Trust u/a/d 05/08/2000
which is the legal owner of this item below:

HIROSHIGE, Utagawa (1797-1858), Japanese
Block Print
(13-1/2" x 8-1/2") ²
 

Inventory No: NAPT.1999.000050
 
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HIROSHIGE, Utagawa (1797-1858), Japanese, Block Prints

Artist:           Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858) Japanese

Title:            (Pending to be vertified) ²

Date:            (Pending to be vertified)

Medium:      Print

Materials:     Woodblock, ōban ² on Paper, woodcut

Markings:     Signed, upper right corner

Dimensions: Estimated 8-1/2" x 13-1/2”, paper approximately being 390 x 265mm;

Framed:        Yes, this Block Print works of art has remained in the original red frame when acquired by Mr. Prince and Mr. Hemphill, Jr., with a white silk mat;

Inventory No: NAPT.1999.000050

Provenance: Neal Prince Trust u/a/d 10.18.1999

Mr. Neal Prince

Mr. Neal Prince and Mr. Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr.¹,²

The New Gallery, 63 West 44th Street, New York, New York

Footnote¹:             From the Series One Hundred Famous Views in Edo (Meisho Edo hyakkei),published by Uoya Eikichi, 1856-1858.

 

Footnote²:             ōban, meaning literally “large block”, a size of paper used for prints that measures approximately 390 x 265mm.

Footnote³:             aratame, meaning literally ‘examined’, the censorship seal that appears on nearly all prints issued from 1853/II to 1871

 

Footnote:             This item is part of Mr. Prince's Worlds Fair Collection.

 

Ando Hiroshige (1797-1858), Japanese

Ando Hiroshige was born under the name of Ando Tokutaro. He was born in Edo (Tokyo) as the son of a samurai and fireman. At the age of twelve, both his parents died. Two years later, in 1811, the young Hiroshige received a chance to join the famous Utagawa painting school. At that time, the ukiyo-e master Toyohiro Utagawa was the head of the studio. In 1812 he was formally allowed to take the name Utagawa. From then on he called himself Utagawa Hiroshige. In the ukiyo-e literature he is usually referenced as Hiroshige Ando. The first work by Utagawa Hiroshige was a book illustration published in 1818, when he was only 21 years of age. Until 1830, Hiroshige created prints in the traditional style of mannerism, as learned from his master Toyohiro Utagawa. His early commissions were book illustrations. Typical, they were subjects from that period, known as the kabuki actors prints, being beautiful women and a few warrior prints. From 1830 on, Hiroshige Utagawa tried his luck with a new genre - landscape prints. One of his great masterpieces were the series Tokaido gojusan-tsugi no uchi, created from 1833 to 1834 with 55 Hiroshige prints in oban format. In the literature form, you will find various, but slightly varying English translations, like the Fifty-three Stages of the Tokaido, or the From the Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido. At the end of his life, Hiroshige had produced 16 to 19 editions of the Tokaido. His last great series were the Meisho Edo Hyakkei, One Hundred Famous Views of Edo is considered as one of his greatest masterpieces. During his lifetime, Ando Hiroshige was well known and commercially successful. But the Japanese society did not take too much notice of him. Comparable to Utamaro, his real reputation started with his discovery in Europe. Hiroshige Utagawa died at the age of 62 of cholera on October 12, 1858 in Edo.

 
 
 
 

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