Shotei Hokuju

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Shotei HOKUJU (active 1787-1818)


Kai no kuni Saruhashi no shinsha no zu, ‘A True View of the Monkey Bridge in the Province of Kai’. An impressive wooden bridge spans a deep chasm. It was called the ‘Monkey Bridge’ because the original rickety, plank structure was so precarious that only an agile monkey could cross it. Hokuju produced a number of these westernised landscapes and this design is one of the very best. First edition published by Nishimuraya Yohachi, c 1815. It is also known with a variant colour scheme. Fine impression, colour and condition. Extremely full size with extra paper around. Signed Shotei Hokuju ga. Status: Sold



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