Title:"At Yokaichi" from the series:"53 Stations of the Takaido". This is Plate No. 44 at Yokkaichi- San Cho kawa. These are a set of 55 (including prints of starting off point at Yedo and arriving at Kyoto). The series was completed in Jan. 1834. A high wind is blowing from right across the marsh. To left, a peasant, cloaked, on a trestle bridge; another races along the causeway to catch his hat which has blown off. In center, a willow tree bending to the wind; left, roofs of cottages, and masts of boats. The bow of a punt in the foreground.
Title:"At Kanaya Station" (Plate #25) from "53 Stations on the Tokaido" Signed by Hokusai I-itsu (hitsu) 1760-1849 Publisher's Seal: Takenouchi. Of the numerous series of landscape scenes designed by Hiroshige, none are better known, or have brought him wider fame, than his celebrated early set of view (all oblon) on the two captials-- Yedo (now Tokyo) and Kyoto (old capital). A distance of 323 miles. This is Plate #25. At Kanaya. Beyond the wide sandy flats of the river, across which a "Daimyos" cortege is being carried, rises a jumble of fooothills, in a crevice of which nestles a village. In the background, a high range of curioulsy hump-shaped mountains, printed in graded black from color blocks only.
Title:"Top of Atago Hill Sheba" from "Famous Sites of the Eastern Capital". Signed by Hiroshige (1797- 1858). Publisher's Seal: Sanoki. This is one from a series issued continuously form 1833 to 1843. First editions have the stamp of the publisher, Kikakudo; later prints, a stamp of Sanki. Shis is the later. Both represents the same firm. All are "Oban Yokoye" (10" x15" horizontal in size). A huge gate, called "mon" stands erect at top of hill. There are many steps leading up to this hill form fown. Three can be seen ascending.
Title:" Station Kamoyama" from "53 Stations on the Tokaido" This is Plate #47. Signed by Hiroshige (1797-1858). Publisher's Seal: Tsutaya-Kichizo. A celebrated snow scene of Hiroshige's. Travellers ascending a steep hillside, to the entrance to the castle of Kameyama. Considered the second masterpiece of the series.
This is one of his laer works. This is a 3 sheet upright print called (Ta teye-Sammai-tsuzuki). Uyeno Park is still a famous park for its cherry blossoms in present day Japan. Here, the customers (of elderly women) of the 19th century can be seen. In the background is the famous Shiruizu Temple.
Plate #22 from "53 Stations by Two Brushes" Okabe. Publisher's Seal: Marukyu. This place is called Okabe. The 22nd stop. This is a variation from the key form. The two artists, Hiroshige and Kunisada are in collaboration for this print. Upper part consists of a snow view by Hiroshige, and the lower part, the large figure of a warrior by Kunisado, over the signature of Toyokuni.
This station is called Yoshida. A bridge is over the Toyo River: The print is a variation. The two artists Hiroshige and Toyokuni are in collaboration for this print. Upper part consists of a Tokaido view by Hiroshige, and the lower part, large figures are illustrative of legends by Kunisada, over the signature of Toyokuni. Dorothy H. Riddle Japanese Woodblock Print Collection
Two pairs of two unit votive slips, both with a red group mark (Hakkakuren) at the top and an advertisement for Sennyoko on the top right-hand side. The upper quadrant of each part contains fan frames with scenery. Both slips include the name Utashige. On the left slip, the group mark reads fifty-three stations (Gojusan-tsugi). The fan is decorated with red maple leaves and pink cherry blossoms and depicts the scenery of Kanagawa with a harbor and some buildings. Three slips are under the fan: the pink one reads Kanagawa, the yellow one reads Kamenoko rice crackers (senbei), and the green one reads Hai OO. The bottom quadrant on the left contains rice crackers on a tray with a cup of tea. On the right slip, the group mark reads Tokaido. A ferry with passengers is depicted in the fan frame with some trees and buildings in the background, decorated with camellias and chrysanthemums. The three slips under the fan read Kawasaki, “local specialty” (meisan) Yone sweet buns (manju), and Hai OO respectively from the right. The bottom quadrant contains a basket and a pear, two famous products of that area.