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Utagawa Hiroshige (1797–1858)
No. 19, Karuizawa
Woodblock print, from the series The Sixty-nine Stations of the Kisokaido Road (Kisokaido rokujukyu tsugi no uchi)
Signed Hiroshige ga, no publisher's mark on this impression, although the lantern hanging from the horse's pack is inscribed "Ise-Ri" (Iseya Rihei), circa 1835-38
Horizontal oban (23.3 x 36.8cm.)

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This set was started by Eisen and published by Hoeido in 1835, however in 1837 Hiroshige took over the project, working with the publisher Iseiri (Kinjudo).

Evening is closing in as a traveller on horseback arrives at the station of Karuizawa. Whilst he asks a passer-by for a light for his pipe, his servant bends over to light his own pipe in a fire beneath a cryptomeria tree, the fire illuminating one side of the tree.

For another impression in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, accession number 21.5170, go to and for another in the Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Harvard Art Museums, go to

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