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Hiroshige (1797 - 1858), "Plum Estate, Kameido"

"Plum Estate, Kameido" by Hiroshige
Catalog ID A1643
Artist Hiroshige
Title Plum Estate, Kameido
Medium Original Japanese Woodblock Print
Series Title One Hundred Famous Views of Edo
Date 1858
Publisher Uoya Eikichi
Reference No
Size 14 -1/2 x 9 -3/4 "
Condition Very fine, with fresh colors.

Notes: Full margins. Strong mica present in upper sky and throughout the darker values of bokashi in the tree.

"Sleeping Dragon Plum" of Kameido. This tree, the most famous in Edo, was known for the purity of its double blossoms, which, according to one Edo guidebook, were "so white when full in bloom as to drive off the darkness." We are so close that we can almost smell the tree's powerful fragrance, reputed to have lured the shogun Yoshimune as he passed nearby in the early eighteenth century.

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