Ichiryusai HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

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Evening Bell at Miidera Temple, Mii no bansho, from the set: Omi hakkei no uchi, “Eight Views in Omi Province.” The series of eight prints was published by Hoeido and Eikyudo, c.1834-5. When first published it was advertised as a “work in black and white, lightly coloured,” and Hiroshige was never to surpass the ethereal quality that these figureless landscapes possess. The theme “Eight Views” was borrowed from Chinese poetry and each print conveys pictorially the poem written in the square label at the top right. Beside it, in a red label, is the series title. The designs for the set are known in various states and there are variations in colouring and gradation.

Very good impression. Fine colour. Imperceptible centre fold, otherwise fine condition. A lovely example on thick hosho of this design. Beautiful colouring without the brown gradation at base which detracts from some impressions. Signed Hiroshige ga.

Status: Sold

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