Utagawa Hiroshige II

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"America" by Utagawa Hiroshige II. Published 1860/10. Metropolitan Museum of Art.
  • Born: 1829
  • Died: 1869
  • Japanese: 二代目 歌川 広重 (Nidaime Utagawa Hiroshige)

Utagawa Hiroshige II was a son-in-law of the famous ukiyo-e woodblock prints artist Utagawa Hiroshige, and became a successful ukiyo-e artist in his own right.

He came to be known as chabako Hiroshige, or "tea crate Hiroshige," for his woodblock print designs for the labels for crates of tea to be exported to the United States and elsewhere.[1]

One of his students inherited his name, becoming Utagawa Hiroshige III.


  1. Gallery labels, "Ranji: The World of Images on Export Tea Crates" (蘭字 Ranji 輸出用茶箱絵の世界), Verkehr Museum, Shizuoka City, July 2020.