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

Seals: Aratame

Condition: Very good color, impression and state.

Series: The 53 Stations of the Tokaido

Signature: Hiroshige hitsu

Publisher: Tsutaya Kichizo

Known as “Middle Town,” Mistuke marked the midpoint between Edo Kyoto. The strong current of the Tenryu River prevented simple river crossings. Though sturdy boats carried travelers across the river towards Hamamatsu, the boatmen would refuse to cross the rivers depths in inclement weather. In this print, Hiroshige emphasizes the width of the Tenryu, or “Heaven Dragon,” River through the distant horizon.

About Utagawa Hiroshige (Andō Hiroshige)