Utagawa Hiroshige (歌川広重)
(artist 1797 – 1858)
Utagawa Kunisada (歌川国貞) / Toyokuni III (三代豊国)
(artist 1786 – 01/12/1865)
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)
9.5 in x 14.25 in (Overall dimensions) Japanese woodblock print
Signatures - above: Hiroshige hitsu (廣重筆)
Artist's seal: Hiro
below: Toyokuni ga (豊国画)
Publisher: Maruya Kyūshirō
Carver: Hori Take (彫竹)
Censor's seal: aratame
Date seal: 8/1855
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
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
Google maps - the Shōno station area
Museum Rietberg 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.
There is another edition of this print where the ground below and around the two Kunisada figures is printed in green.
Illustrated in color in Kunisada's Tōkaidō: Riddles in Japanese Woodblock Prints by Andreas Marks, p. 198, #T79-46.
The original Tōkaidō was established by the Kamakura bakufu (1192-1333) to run from Kamakura to the imperial capital of Kyoto.
Maruya Kyūshirō (丸屋久四郎) (publisher)
beautiful women (bijin-ga - 美人画) (genre)
landscape prints (fūkeiga 風景画) (genre)
Yokokawa Takejirō (横川彫武) (carver)