Sparrows and camellias in snow by Ando, Hiroshige Buttons
Sparrows and camellias in snow By Ando, Hiroshige. Secchu tsubaki ni suzume Print shows two sparrows near a camellia branch covered with snow.
Born in Edo, Japan, Hiroshiges family name was Tokitaro, but he adopted the name of his mentor as per the custom of the time. His first work was a sketch of a procession done at the age of ten, and earned him the title of a prodigy. In 1828, Hiroshige began his own studio, but eventually moved to Kyoto to produce landscapes. His prints became very popular and emulated upon his return to Edo.