Utagawa Hiroshige (Andō Hiroshige), ‘Kanagawa’, 1855, Ronin Gallery

Seals: Aratame

Condition: Very good color, impression and state.

Signature: Hiroshige hitsu

Publisher: Tsutaya Kichizo

Kanagawa was known for its cliff -top views overlooking Edo bay. In 1853, Commodore Perry’s “black ships” sailed into this scenic bay bearing President Millard Fillmore’s invitation to establish trade and diplomatic relations with the United States. The following year, the Tokugawa Shogunate accepted this invitation, ending over 250 years of sakoku (closed country). Hiroshige captures the famous bay bathed in moonlight.

About Utagawa Hiroshige (Andō Hiroshige)

Japanese, 1797-1858, Edo (modern Tokyo), Japan, based in Edo (present day Tokyo), Japan