Re: Unknown surimono

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Posted by Guy Pepermans ( on September 22, 2015 at 11:19:59:

In Reply to: Re: Unknown surimono posted by Roland on September 21, 2015 at 21:14:35:


The print from Kotobuki refers indeed to Takenouchi Bizan (cfr image, copyright Kotobuki). IMO, the signatures and style of both prints are surely resemblant. The scroll painting depicting dancers, is a more difficult issue concerning authenticity.

In fact, Takenouchi Bizan is Takenouchi Magohachi, the famous Edo publisher H˘eid˘, who published Hiroshige's groundbreaking series 'The Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaid˘' ('H˘eid˘ Tokaid˘') in 1832-33. In his capacity as an artist, Magohachi used the name Bizan and published some of his own ky˘ka books. Further, Timothy T. Clark mentions in the article 'Utagawa Hiroshige and the Maruyama-Shij˘ School', that the Japanese scholar Kano Hiroyuki pointed out that Takenouchi Magohachi (H˘eid˘) did amateur works in Shij˘ style and may possibly have collected Shij˘ paintings.(1)

So, your print could well be from the hand of Magohachi, alias Bizan.

Should also be interesting to identify the names of the four poets on the surimono. You could try to contact Mr Clark at the British Museum.

(1) The commercial and cultural climate of Japanese printmaking /​ edited by Amy Reigle Newland, Amsterdam: Hotei Publishing, 2004, p.143.


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