- Museum number
- Object: Sekien gafu 石燕画譜 (Sekien's Picture-album)
Illustrated book, print. Vol. 2 of two volumes. Various subjects, including landscape, genre, birds. Partly colour, woodblock-printed.
- Production date
Height: 31.80 centimetres
Width: 21.50 centimetres
- Curator's comments
Sekien originally studied the Kano style and later illustrated 'haikai' anthologies. He was also the teacher of the Ukiyo-e artist Utamaro. Displayed here are Shoki the Demon-queller (left) and the Buddhist deity Fudo (Acala, right). (Label copy, TTC 1997)
Sekien was a pupil of the high-ranked Kano-school painters Gyokuen (1683-1743) and Chikanobu (1660-1728), but he spread the orthodox Kano style into more popular circles through his involvement in haikai poetry and Ukiyo-e. Here a classic ink-painting subject has been adapted for a luxuriously produced colour woodblock-printed book. (Label copy, TTC 2000)
Hillier and Smith 1980
Sekien runs the gamut from 'Kano' landscape to 'Ukiyoe' genre, and the print-makers give a virtuoso interpretation from the extremely delicate to the vigorously bold.
Binyon, Laurence, and Sexton, J J O'Brien, 'Japanese Colour Prints' (new edn.), London, 1963, p. 213.
Brown, Louise Norton, 'Block Printing and Book Illustration in Japan', London and New York, 1924, p. 167.
Waterhouse, D B, 'Harunobu and his age', London, 1964, no. 135.
Sekien was Utamaro's teacher. Here he runs the gamut from Kano landscape to 'Ukiyoe', and the print-makers give a virtuoso interpretation from the extremely delicate to the vigorously bold.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2000 24 Mar-26 Jun, London, BM, Japanese Galleries, 'Japan Time' [Dragon and tiger]
- Acquisition date
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Previous owner/ex-collection number: JH.478 (Hillier no.)