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

Seals: Aratame

Condition: Very good color, impression and state.

Signature: Hiroshige hitsu

Publisher: Tsutaya Kichizo

Located on the wide bank of the Oi River, Shimada station could become a temporary impasse for travelers. During dry spells, the river dwindled to shallow stream; yet, heavy rains would transform the broad Oi into deep and dangerous rapids. Following rainy spells, travelers had to wait for the water to calm. Hiroshige takes advantage of the vertical format to emphasize the astounding width of the river.

About Utagawa Hiroshige (Andō Hiroshige)

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