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- Object: Miyama uguisu 深山鶯 (Nightingale in the Mountains)
Illustrated book, folding album, print. One volume, with two illustrations. Colour woodblock-printed on embossed paper.
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Height: 19.50 centimetres
Width: 13.20 centimetres
- Curator's comments
Hillier and Smith 1980
Hokusai and Shigemasa each contributed a single print. Hokusai's is signed 'Hokusai Sori after a painting by Hokkyo Korin' (Ogata Korin, 1652-1716), and is on paper minutely embossed to suggest a silk weave.
Hillier, J, 'The Art of Hokusai in Book Illustration', London, 1980, no. 72.
This may be the only surviving copy of this small, privately printed anthology of ‘crazy verses’ (kyōka). It was edited by a certain ‘Ryūkasō Hirozumi’ – his real identity is unknown – and published at the New Year, 1798. Among thirteen page openings are two illustrations, one each by Hokusai and his fellow floating world (ukiyo-e) artist, Kitao Shigemasa (1739–1820). Hokusai completed more than a thousand such commissions for surimono and illustrations for poetry anthologies during his thirties and forties. Here he claims stylistic affiliation with the famous Rinpa school artist Ogata Kōrin (1658–1716). Kōrin produced similar stylized plum blossoms with broken outlines in his paintings.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2001 30 Jan-8 Apr, London, BM, Japanese Galleries, 'Arts of Japan: Recently repaired paintings, Ukiyo-e IV'
2017 Apr-Jul, London, BM, Japanese Galleries, 'Japan from prehistory to the present'
2017 6 Oct - 19 Nov, Osaka, Abeno Harukas Art Museum
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- Additional IDs
Previous owner/ex-collection number: JH.410 (Hillier no.)