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Ando Hiroshige (aka Hiroshige), Japanese, (1797–1858)
Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido: Station 19, Ejiri, c. 1833-1834
Ink on Paper
8 15/16 in. x 13 15/16 in. (227.01 mm x 354.01 mm)

Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Period: Edo (Japan, 1615-1868)
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. James W. Johnson
Accession Number: 46.1.2

Alternate Title: Tokaido gojusan tsugi no uchi [Hoeidoban]: Ejiri, Miho enbo

On mat in pencil: Johnson collection. Also many pencil scribbles on mat. Signed: Hiroshige ga. Censor's seal: Kiwame.

Colored ink on paper; woodblock print.

Object Description
Color woodblock print from Hiroshige's Tokaido Road series. Ejiri is now included in the large city of Shimizu, which occupies the western side of the harbor at Suruga Bay. This print depicts an expansive view of the bay with the pine grove of Miho in the middle and the distant range of the Ashitaka Mountains. The harbor features rows of houses on the banks and boats dotting the beautiful water. Tiny Fuji is visible on the horizon, beside the right peak of the mountain range. Blue bokashi (color gradation) spreads from the lower part of the print upward into the bay.

This design was also based on a picture of the promontory of Miho as seen from Mount Kuno, in Hara Arimasa's late eighteenth-century travel guide, "Illustrated Book of Famous Places on the Tokaido Road."

Ref. "Hokusai and Hiroshige," p.182.

Hoeido (Takenouchi Magohachi).

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