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Edo zumi hyaku shoku series (A Hundred Shades of Ink of Edo)
Japanese woodblock print, 2015. Paper size: 16.5 x 12 in. Image size: 15 x 11 in. Edition: 100. Signed and numbered in pencil with the series title cartouche in the upper right margin, the print title to the left, signature in gold, seal in red.
“Hiroshige no Edo’ / Hiroshige’s Edo, the last in the series ‘Edozumi Hyaku Shoku’ (A Hundred Shades of Ink of Edo) a long running series dating back to 2004. ‘Hiroshige no Edo’ (Hiroshige’s Edo) combines several designs from that artist’s series ‘Edo Meishō Hyakei’, or Hundred Famous Views of the Edo, all of 1857. In the tattoo, the golden eagle derives from ‘Fukugawa Susaki Júmantsubo’, the bridge from ‘Õhashi Atake no Yūdachi’, and the cloth bears the design of ‘Kameido Umeyashiki’. The seal in the form of a carp banner comes from ‘Koinobori, Suidobashi Surugadai’ while the cartouche is from an undated tanzaku print of snow on Nihonbashi. As ever in this series, the background is printed with baren sujizuri, here with an admixture of the red-pink of the cloth, and printed to suggest heavy rain like the Ohashi print.” Paul Binnie