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Painting, hanging scroll. Mt Fuji on horizon at end of gently sloping valley with figures climbing path in foreground. Gabled stains on top. Ink and colour on silk. Signed and sealed.
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Height: 44.40 centimetres
Width: 59.80 centimetres
- Curator's comments
In this cursory work Mt Fuji appears on the horizon at the end of a gently sloping valley with figures climbing a path in the foreground. The view does not relate to any of the designs in Hiroshige I's last print series, 'Fuji sanjii-rokkei' ('Thirty-six Views of Mt Fuji', 1858), and it has not been possible to locate the scene.
The painting has all the hallmarks of hasty and rather careless execution: the broad washes of pale 'sumi' and green that form the hills have none of the sensitivity of works by Hiroshige I (no. 140), and the minimal number of stick figures and occasional clumps of trees are perfunctory. One can imagine such works were produced in large numbers to sell to tourists, Japanese perhaps, but more likely foreigners, since Hiroshige II was living in Yokohama at this time.
Anderson, William, 'Descriptive and Historical Catalogue of Japanese and Chinese Paintings in the British Museum'. London, Trustees of the British Museum, 1886, no. 1898.
'Painted by Riū-shō. Signed Ki-sai Riū-shō' 'ie Hiroshige II'
'立祥' (unattributed annotation in the specially interleaved Japanese Study Room copy of Anderson 1886)
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- Acquisition notes
- The collection of over 2,000 Japanese and Chinese paintings assembled by Prof. William Anderson during his residency in Japan, 1873-1880, was acquired by the Museum in 1881. The items were not listed in the register, but rather were published separately as the 'Descriptive and Historical Catalogue of a Collection of Japanese and Chinese Paintings in the British Museum' (Longmans & Co, 1886).
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Asia painting number: Jap.Ptg.1563 (Japanese Painting Number)