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Artist: Utagawa Hiroshige II ( 1826 - 1869 )

Subject: Shimofuri Waterfall in Nikko; Nikko Shimofuri no taki; 日光霜降の滝

Series: One Hundred Famous Views in the Provinces; Shokoku meisho hyakkei; i諸国名所百景

Date: 1860; Ansei 7 / Man'en 1, 2nd month

Signed: Hiroshige ga

Format: Vertical oban; 14.25 x 9.75 in (36.20 x 24.76 cm); Woodblock print


Condition: Excellent impression, color, and condition. Nearly full size

Comment: This design's crepe (chirimen) version is also known.

For another impression, see British Museum # 1915,0823,0.329.27



Hiroshige II - Shimofuri Waterfall in Nikko

  • Hiroshige II, born Chimpei Morita, belonged to a family of firemen. The protégé of Hiroshige, Hiroshige II was adopted by this great ukiyo-e master in 1845. Hiroshige II used the name Shigenobu until his teacher's death in 1858. He soon married his teacher's daughter, Otatsu, and took the name Hiroshige II. Around 1865, he divorced his wife, and moved to Yokohama. During this time, he designed prints and painted tea boxes and lanterns to make a living under the names Shigenobu and Ryusho. In the years following his divorce, Hiroshige II stopped producing work. Over the course of his career, he used several different names including Hiroshige II, Ichiryusai, Ichiyusai, Kisai, Ryusai, Ryusho, and Shigenobu. 


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