Artist: Utagawa Hiroshige (歌川広重)

Artist: Utagawa Kunisada (歌川国貞) / Toyokuni III (三代豊国)

Print: Shōno (庄野): The Kumano Shrine and the Shiratori Grave Mound (Kumano no yashiro - 熊野ノ社, Shiratori-zuka - 白鳥塚); Women Travellers (Onna tabibito), from the series The Fifty-three Stations [of the Tōkaidō Road] by Two Brushes (Sōhitsu gojūsan tsugi - 双筆五十三次)

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Dates: 1855,created
Dimensions: 9.5 in,14.25 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese woodblock print

Signatures: Hiroshige hitsu (廣重筆)
Toyokuni ga (豊国画)
Publisher: Maruya Kyūshirō
(Marks 298 - seal 21-126)
Carver: Hori Take (彫竹)
Censor's seal: aratame
Date seal: 8/1855

Related links: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Chazen Museum of Art; Tokyo Metropolitan Library - later edition of this print with a green ground at the bottom and no pronounced woodgrain sky at the top; National Diet Library; British Museum - a completely different 1855 Hiroshige view of this site; Freer/Sackler Galleries - a Yoshitora version of this same location; Google maps - the Shōno station area;

Physical description:

Please click on the image to enlarge it so you can see the dramatic woodgrain printing of the gray sky of the landscape portion designed by Hiroshige.


This is number 46 from this series of 55 prints - despite the title of the series.


Illustrated in color in Kunisada's Tōkaidō: Riddles in Japanese Woodblock Prints by Andreas Marks, p. 198, #T79-46.