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(1797 - 1858)
THE STOREHOUSE OF LOYAL RETAINERS (Chushingura) The entire series of twelve prints

Colour woodblock prints. The full series of twelve horizontal aiban, published by Fujiokaya Hikotarô (Shôgendô). Each print signed Hiroshige ga, with the mark of the publisher and the kiwame seal.
Fine and even impressions. All prints retain the original border: Yuranosuke's double tomo-ye crest. On the contrary, in the only other complete series known to me (Boston, MFA) this decorative border has been cut off.

See links to images of each individual print below

Act I (Daijo)
Act II (Nidanme)
Act III (Sandanme)
Act IV (Yodanme)
Act V (Godanme)
Act VI (Rokudanme)
Act VII (Shichidanme)
Act VIII (Hachidanme)
Act IX (Kudanme)
Act X (Judanme)
Act XI (Juichidanme)
Finale (Taibi)

Hiroshige was born in Edo. At the age of fifteen he was admitted to the studio of Utagawa Toyohiro, an artist with a preference for classical and landscape subjects. He also studied Nanga painting under Ooka Umpo. In 1812 he adopted the name Hiroshige. The first prints to be published under his own name were bijin ga (prints of beautiful women), a few surimono and landscapes in small format. In 1831 Hiroshige designed a series of Sights of Edo which was immediately successful. In 1832 he accompanied the annual procession from Edo to the emperor in Kyoto along the Tokaido. Along the way on this journey, he sketched the scenes which he later put into the fifty-five prints which made up this famous series portraying the official fifty-three post stations on the route. The series was revolutionary in its departure from the classic tradition in landscape painting. His scenes had a naturalness and sense of immediacy about them that provoked instant popular appeal. This established him as the painter of Tokaido scenes and, subsequently, he produced some thirty similar series on the same theme. Many highly successful landscape series would follow such as the Sixty-nine Stages on the Kiso Highway, the One Hundred Famous Views of Edo, the Thirty six Views of Mount Fuji. In his declining years, in addition to landscapes, he created an unique style in depicting birds and flowers and left many remarkable prints. His lyrical expression of nature and the elements reflected his gently romantic lifestyle and he brought Japanese landscape painting to its peak.