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Hiroshige (1797 - 1858), "Suruga-cho"

arrow-left arrow right "Suruga-cho" by Hiroshige
Catalog ID A2237
Artist Hiroshige
Title Suruga-cho
Medium Original Japanese Woodblock Print
Series Title One Hundred Famous Views of Edo
Date 1857
Publisher Uoya Eikichi
Reference No
Size 13 -10/16 x 9 -1/2 "
Condition Good; creasing, trimmed and backed.

Notes: #8 in the series. What distinguishes Hiroshige's design in this print is its resolute symmetry, softened only by the irregular stylized cloud forms traditionally used in Japanese paintings to separate scenes in pictorial narratives. Here this compositional device focuses attention on Mount Fuji above and the urban bustle below in the street called Suruga-chō. Included in this scene is Japan's premier store, Echigoya, presently Mitsukoshi Department Store, still the most venerable of all the great merchandisers of Tokyo. It is identified by its crest, a circle around the characters for "three" and "well," which together read "Mitsui.

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