Ōiso from the series Tōkaidō Road


Japanese Color Woodblock Print


from the series Tōkaidō Road

by Utagawa Hiroshige II, 1867

Odawara from the series Fifty-three Stations of the Tōkaidō

IHL Cat. #1203

About This Print

Two lonely travelers on horseback cross river flowing into Sagami Bay on their way to, or from, Ōiso, the 9th station along the Tōkaidō Road which connected Edo (modern day Tokyo), where the shōgun resided, to Kyoto, where the emperor resided.  

About the Series
One of two series of chuban-size vertical prints designed by the artist depicting the stations along the Tōkaidō.  This series titled simply Tōkaidō Road (東海道) was published by Tsutaya Kichizō (the same publisher who published Utagawa Hiroshige I's famous "Vertical Tōkaidō" series1) between the 8th month of 1863 and the 12th month of 1867, a period of over three years.  It is not known why the publishing period was so extended for these prints.  Hiroshige II's other series titled Fifty-three Stations of the Tōkaidō (東海道五拾三駅) was issued by the publisher Maruya Tetsujirō in the 10th month of 1865 and is represented by a number of prints in this collection.

1 The formal name of the "vertical Tōkaidō" series is Famous Sights of the Fifty-three Stations [Gojūsan tsugi meisho zue], published in 1855.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog
 Title or Description Ōiso 大磯 (Print no. 9 in the series)
 Tōkaidō Road (東海道)
 Artist Utagawa Hiroshige II (1826-1869)
ō ga 立祥画
 Seal none
 Publication Date
1867 12th month (Keiō 3) Seal is partially trimmed on this print.  
卯十二改 Hare 12 aratame
Tsutaya Kichizō 蔦屋吉蔵 [Marks: pub. ref. 556] Publisher's mark is partially trimmed on this print.
 Impression good
 Colors excellent
 Condition good - mounting remnants verso in six spots; rubbing in the signature cartouche
 Genre ukiyo-e, fūkei-ga
 Format vertical chūban
 H x W Paper 
 9 1/16 x 6 7/8 in. (23 x 17.5 cm)
 8 7/16 x 6 1/2 in. (21.4 x 16.5 cm)
 Collections This Print