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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Two pairs of two unit fuda 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 an introduction. Both slips include the name Utashige. On the left slip, the group mark reads fifty-three stations (Gojusan-tsugi) and has a poem in the fan decorated with red maple leaves and pink cherry blossoms. Three slips are under the fan: the pink one reads “Celebration of travel” (tabidatchiiwai), the yellow one reads “farewell party” (wakare no sakamori), and the green one reads fukushi kame. The bottom quadrant on the left contains a sake bottle and food prepared for a party. On the right slip, the group mark reads Tokaido. The introduction of the series of fifty-three station nosatsu is in the fan frame decorated with camellias and chrysanthemums .Three slips under the fan read Hatsu O, OOOOOO, and Kitahachi respectively from the right. The bottom quadrant contains a hat used by Japanese travelers, a travel diary and a ladle.