Shōju 松寿 [Shōrakusai]. Tōkaidō Fukei no Zu 東海道風景の図 [The album of Tōkaidō paintings] Late 18th - Early 19th C. 34 x 37cm orihon folding album with brushed title slip housed in an old chitsu with clasps 34 x 38.5cm with brushed title slip. There are 70 full page scenes from the Tōkaidō, each 34 x 37cm.
Painted here by Shōju 松寿 [Roberts p, 152, under "Shōrakusai." An Osaka painter from the late 18th, early 19th century]. Very skillful work in a large double-sided album. Since it inscribes many more stations than the codified 53 stations (55 with the origin and terminus), it provides an even fuller view of the Tōkaidō in the mid to late Edo. Elegiac and lovely scenes. Shōju was known as a Kansai ukiyo-e school artist. Complete from Nihonbashi in Edo to Sanjō Ōhashi in Kyōto. With a bit of repaired worming here and there. A beautiful work.