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Utagawa Hiroshige II

Takada-no-baba, from the series 'Famous Places of Edo', 1862
Print, woodblock

Donated by Mrs A.P. Mathewson, 1914
Museum number 1914-178-44

Utagawa Shigenobu was the chief student of Ando Hiroshige. His early works are very much in his master’s style and he is known to have contributed to Hiroshige’s last great series of landscape prints, ‘The Hundred Views of Edo’. After Hiroshige's death in 1858, he formally adopted his master's name, and is mostly referred to as Hiroshige ll.

This series dates from the middle of Hiroshige II's career, when he was in his mid-thirties. It shows people at the Tadada-no-baba archery range with the famous Mount Fuji in the distance.

Hiroshige ll had to work hard for recognition and although his prints were shown at the Paris Exhibition in 1867, it brought him little success in Japan. He was forced to make a living painting tea-sets and lanterns for export. He died in Yokohama, in great poverty, in 1869.

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