- Museum number
Painting, hanging scroll. Landscape with three figures planting rice seedlings in the rain; trees and mountains in the distance. Ink and light colour on silk. Signed, dated and sealed.
- Production date
- 1866 (summer)
Height: 203 centimetres (mount)
Height: 139.70 centimetres
Width: 74.50 centimetres (mount)
Width: 56.70 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Hizo Nihon bijutsu taikan Vol 3
The treatment of the rain - in thin ink with swift, downward strokes of a broad brush blurring the rough texture of the trees in the middle distance - and the skill with which thick ink is applied to create a three-dimensional effect on the ground in the fore of the picture, represent techniques that, along with the seasonal theme of rice-planting amidst spring rain, were a speciality of the Maruyama Shijo school. This kind of picture, with a sophisticated, stylish lightness of mood and themes suggested by the interplay between nature and the daily lives of the people of Kyoto, was widely popular at the time.
The artist, Suzuki Hyakunen (1825-91), commanded a wide following - collectively known as the Hyakunen school - in art circles in Kyoto during the years before and after the Meiji Restoration. His style is an eclectic blend from various other schools; the strong emphasis on the Nanga school in the works of his later years is said to have found favor among the writers and artists of the day.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- The collection of Japanese and Chinese paintings belonging to Arthur Morrison was purchased by Sir William Gwynne-Evans, who presented it to the British Museum in 1913.
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Asia painting number: Jap.Ptg.2566 (Japanese Painting Number)