Hiroshige II's series 'The Tōkaidō' (1863)


This page attempts to catalog all known prints in Hiroshige II's series 'Tōkaidō (東海道 - The Tōkaidō)' from 1863, the earlier of two identically-named series.

The stage name is at the bottom of the rectangular cartouche in the top right corner, and the series title is at the top.

The earliest prints in this series date from toward the middle of Hiroshige II's career, when he was about thirt-seven years old. At this point, he was still using the name 'Hiroshige', since his master Hiroshige I had died, and Hiroshige II had taken over the 'Hiroshige'.

He did two very similar series of this name, in the vertical chūban format; the ones in this series can be easily distinquished because the ones from this series are signed 'Hiroshige'. In all other respects (title cartouche format, etc), the two series are identical.

It is certain that they are different series, however: images of the complete series are available here, here, and here, and it can be seen that the images shown here are from this series; images from the later series do not match.

Technical details

The Prints

To see a larger, roughly full-screen, image of any print, please click on the thumbnail; these images are sized to produce fine detail, and are only moderately compressed.

Sometime the kanji used in the stage name in the title are no the canonical ones; if so, those are given in brackets.

Note that there are two Kyōto images (as is sometimes seen in small-format Tōkaidō series, which are usually printed with more than one stage per sheet, to make an even number of images).

Images Number Date Title (Kanji) Title (Romaji) Comment
#4 1863/8 神奈川 Kanagawa
#5 程ヶ谷 Hodogaya
#8 平塚 Hiratsuka
#11 1863/8 箱根 Hakone
#17 由井 Yui
#19 江尻 Ejiri
#20 府中 Fuchū
#21 丸子
#22 岡部 Okabe
#23 1864/2 藤枝 Fujieda
#24 島田
#25 金谷 Kanaya
#29 見附 Mitsuke Although this print is not signed, to confirm which Tōkaidō set it belongs to, the image of the complete set shows that this print is from this series.
#30 1863/10 濵松 Hamamatsu
#32 荒井 Arai
#33 御油 Goyu
#43 桑名 Kuwana
#44 四日市 Yokkaichi
#48 1864/2 關 (関) Seki
#49 坂丿下
#50 圡山
#51 水口 Minakuchi
#52 石部 Ishibe
#53 草津 Kusatsu
#54 大津 Otsu
#55A 京三条 Kyō-Sanjō This shows the Great Sanjō Bridge (三条 大橋) in Kyōto; the title is somewhat abbreviated.
#55B 京大内 Kyō-dai-uchi This shows the palace in Kyōto; the title is again somewhat abbreviated. The kanji used for 'palace' are not the usual ones; these mean (literally) 'great house'.

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