Re: Remaining mystery

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Posted by Richard Illing on June 21, 1998 at 20:42:22:

In Reply to: Remaining mystery posted by Stefan Stenudd on June 21, 1998 at 11:45:03:

: Greetings!

: After the expert help of Richard Illing, only one mystery remains of my three prints - that with the jumping frog and its pensive spectator. What can it be? I have added details of the signatures, on the site specified, for easier reading.
: Anybody has a clue?

: Yours,
: Stefan

Your additions help a lot! This time you have a print by a relatively little-known pupil of Kuniyoshi - Yoshichika. It seems to date from 1864 and is from a series Imayo nazorae Genji, 'Modern imitations of the tale of Genji'. It purports to relate to the 53rd chapter, Tenarai 'At writing practice'. The noble character portrayed is Ono no Tofu. He had nothing to do with Genji but was a noted tenth century calligrapher (hence the link). He had tried seven times to win promotion at court and was about to leave in despair when he saw the frog trying over and over to reach the willow leaf, only succeeding on the eighth attempt. He took courage, persevered and subsequently rose to high rank.

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