From the series “The Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido” (Hoeido Edition) #47: Kameyama
With the success of his first landscape series to encourage him, the following August Hiroshige started out on a six-month journey on the Tokaido Highway which joined Edo, seat of the Tokugawas, and Kyoto, the seat of the imperial court. The Tokaido was of great importance, stretching 300 miles, passing through 53 post-towns. The road also led to Ise, the sight of the Shrine dedicated to the Sun-Goddess, ancestress of the imperial family, so many people from Edo made the pilgrimage down the Tokaido, sight-seeing along the way. Hiroshige's "53 Stages of the Tokaido" was completed in 1834, and this first set of prints was such a success that publishers clamored for more. Hiroshige produced some forty sets of Tokaido pictures, one after the other.
Artform: GRAPHIC ARTS, Pre-20th Century
Artist: Hiroshige, Utagawa
Artist Dates: 1797-1858
Period: 19th century
Medium: color woodcut print
Size: 29 x 36 cm
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