After Hiroshige Ando, Shono, Tokaido 53 Stations - Mid-20th-century woodblock

An original mid-20th-century woodblock print, After Hiroshige Ando Shono, Tokaido 53 Stations.

In this print titled “Shono’s White Rain” a group of travellers with straw umbrellas and raincoats is caught in a summer thunderstorm. Shono-juku was the forty-fifth of the fifty-three stations of the Tokaido, now part of the city of Suzuka, Mie Prefecture, Japan.

There are marks at the lower left corner and lower edge of the sheet as shown; otherwise in fine condition.
15.1cm x 20.2cm.

This posthumous reprint of a classic ukiyo-e print is by Kyoto publishers Uchida Art Co, Ltd, who have been producing artist quality woodblock prints since 1919. Combining the artisan skills of the designer, carver and printer, Uchida Art Co works to keep the values of the Golden Age of Japanese printmaking of the ukiyo-e era alive in the Showa period.

This print is after a series by Hiroshige Ando (1797-1858) depicting scenes from the “Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido”. The Tokaido road, linking the shogun's capital, Edo, to the imperial one, Kyoto, was the main transport artery of old Japan. Hiroshige first travelled the length of the road in 1832 and its landscapes and people made a profound impression on him, after which he made this series of prints.

Comes with description on a separate sheet as pictured.

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Product code: JC-174

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