- Museum number
- Object: Ehon tokiwa gusa 絵本常盤草 (Picture-book of Evergreens)
Illustrated book. Vols. 2 and 3 from an original set of three volumes, bound together in one. Introduction to painting practice, with illustrations of beautiful women. Woodblock-printed. Signed.
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Height: 27 centimetres
Width: 19 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Hillier and Smith 1980
In his preface Sukenobu says that the book is intended to help beginners in painting. For depicting court ladies he advocates the style of Tosa Mitsunobu, for the common people, a more realistic style; but in practice he follows his own brand of 'Kamigata ukiyoe' throughout. 'Evergreens' refer to young and beautiful women.
Brown, Louise Norton, 'Block Printing and Book Illustration in Japan', London and New York, 1924, p. 131.
'Livres et Albums Illustrés du Japon Réunis et Catalogués par Théodore Duret', Paris, 1900,
'Nihon fuzoku zue', vol. 3, Tokyo, 1914.
Toda, Kenji, 'Descriptive Catalogue of the Japanese and Chinese Illustrated Books in the Ryerson Library of the Art Institute of Chicago', Chicago, 1931, pp. 131-3.
Waterhouse, D B, 'Harunobu and his age', London, 1964, no. 140.
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- Additional IDs
Previous owner/ex-collection number: JH.504 (Hillier no.)