Ohashi, Atake no yudachi, ” Ohashi, Sudden Shower at Atake” from Edo hyakkei, “One Hundred Views of Edo.” A lovely example of this design which, apart from the Great Wave, is probably the best known Japanese print, and because of this, examples come onto the market often heavily revamped and/or restored and/or very late editions. It was copied by Van Gogh in oils, 1888 ( see Catalogue of the Van Gogh Museum’s collection of Japanese prints, no. 91, p. 99 ). Published Snake Year ( Ansei IV/9 ), October 1857 by Uoya Eikichi. Provenance: Sold by me in 1980.
Not first edition but a careful early impression, with the pillars of the bridge overprinted with light yellow to contrast with the grey of the struts. Numerous states exist of this design and they are well documented. ( Interestingly, the supposed earliest state [ with the silhouettes of two boats on far shore ] has an unattractive colour and gradation scheme – reminiscent of the later editions. This was quickly corrected. ) Fine colour. Slight discolouration in right margin, otherwise fine condition; full size. Signed Hiroshige ga.