Edo prints

  Design: Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858)  
  Title: Hakone, view of the lake  
  Series title: The fifty-three stations of the Tōkaidō road  
  Size: 22.4 x 35.0 cm (ōban)  
  Posthumous printing from newly cut woodblocks    
  Photography: Jacques Commandeur
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Hiroshige Lake Hakone


Special effects: karazuri (embossing) on the slopes of Mount Fuji in the distance.

Originally published by Takenouchi Magohachi ca. 1831-1834. This reproduction was published by Takamizawa.

Kiwame (“approved”) censorship seal in lower left margin.

Artist’s signature in bottom right of print area:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
hiro broad  
shige heavy Picture by
ga picture Hiroshige

Followed by red Hōeidō (保永堂) publisher seal, indicating that this print belongs to Hiroshige’s first - and in my opinion best - woodblock print series dedicated to the 53 stations of the Tōkaidō road.

Series title in top left print area:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
kai street  
go five  
san three  
tsugi next  
no ’s The fifty-three stations
uchi inside of the Tōkaidō road

Followed by the name of the station:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
hako box  
ne root Hakone

And the print title in a rectangular red seal:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
ko lake  
sui water  
zu view View of the lake

The print comes with two leaflets: one leaflet containing general information on the Hōeidō version of the 53 stations of the Tōkaidō road by Hiroshige (click to enlarge):

Series Leaflet Front Series Leaflet Back
Series leaflet (front) Series leaflet (back)

and a second leaflet containing technical information on the making of these prints, as well as information on the specific location of this print in the series (click to enlarge):

Print Leaflet Front Print Leaflet Back
Print leaflet (front) Print leaflet (back)

The column with large kanji on the bottom left of the front of the print leaflet contains the name of the publisher of this very nice reproduction:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
taka high  
mi(ru) see  
sawa marsh  
moku wood  
han block Takamizawa
sha company woodblock company


Provenance: Fuji Arts

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