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)
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.
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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