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Ando Hiroshige (aka Hiroshige), Japanese, (1797–1858)
Clearing Weather after Snow at Shibaura, c. 1835-1842
Ink on Paper
8 9/16 in. x 13 1/2 in. (21.75 cm x 34.29 cm)


Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Period: Edo (Japan, 1615-1868)
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. J. Stanley Johnson
Accession Number: 2000.1.87


Alternate Title: Edo kinko hakkei no uchi: Shibaura Seiran
Full Title: Eight Views of the Environs of Edo: Clearing Weather after Snow at Shibaura

Commentary
The contemporary poet, Taihado, employed Hiroshige to depict a set of scenes chosen by him and some fellow poets, in order to record their poems, and some of the prints, have outside the border, the mark "Taihado-Kaihan" (prints inaugurated by Taihado). Each has a poem in three or four verses; and it is suggested that they were done for circulation among Taihado's coterie of poets - one of those little poetry clubs which form so pleasing a feature in the life of the ordinary folk of the period. The result was, however, so popular that the publisher obtained Taihado's permission to issue them in the ordinary way to the public, but with only one verse on each. (Strange, "The Colour prints of Hiroshige," Cassell & Co., London, n.d. p. 63).

Marks
Signed Hiroshige ga; hiroshige seal. Publisher's seal (Kikakudo).

Medium
Colored ink on paper; woodblock print; oban yoko-e.

Object Description
Ninteenth century Japanese color woodblock print depicting two large junks moored at a lake, and two other boats out in the stream. The sky is brightening after a storm.

Publisher
Kikakudo (c. 1835-1842).

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