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- Object: (Zanka gazu) Keisai soga (讒科画図) 惠斎麁画 (Keisai Sketches)
Illustrated book. Vol. 2 from an original set of five. Abbreviated sketches. Colour woodblock-printed.
- Production date
- 1842 (vol.5)
Height: 23 centimetres
Width: 15.50 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Hillier and Smith 1980
This is a revival of the 'ryakuga-shiki', the 'abbreviated style' of Masayoshi (see 1979, 0305, 0182; 1979, 0305, 0186; 1979, 0305, 0243), but the colour printing is of a different order, in that the different colours appear to have been applied to the block at the same time and only a single impression needed for the full-colour effect (in the West, a technique known as 'à la poupée'). The gradations, and the chance suffusing of one colour with another, distinguish the technique from multi-block printing.
Keisai, one of Masayoshi's names, gave the title to the set, but there is some doubt about the publication date of the series, and he may not have been alive when the first volume was produced. It is doubtful whether Baitei is Ki Baitei (see 1979, 0305, 0183). Nothing is known of Kakei and Genki.
Holloway, Owen E, 'Graphic Art of Japan: The Classical School', London, 1957, no. 3.
Mitchell, C H, with the assistance of Ueda, Osamu, 'The Illustrated Books of the Nanga, Maruyama, Shijo and Other Related Schools of Japan. A Biobibliography', Los Angeles, 1972, p. 355.
Toda, Kenji, 'Descriptive Catalogue of the Japanese and Chinese Illustrated Books in the Ryerson Library of the Art Institute of Chicago', Chicago, 1931, p. 215.
- Not on display
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- Additional IDs
Previous owner/ex-collection number: JH.324 (Hillier no.)