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painting / hanging scroll

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  • Description

    Painting, hanging scroll. Two women by river: girl crouching on landing stage holding fishing-rod and -line and turning to face young woman beside her; woman standing with long hair combed out loosely; silk tree with pink fronded blossoms on embankment with stone behind them. Ink, colour and gold on silk. Signed and sealed.


  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1890s
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 111.3 centimetres
    • Width: 41.5 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Script

      • Inscription Position

        image, bottom left
      • Inscription Content

      • Inscription Transliteration

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Script

      • Inscription Position

        image, bottom left
      • Inscription Content

      • Inscription Transliteration

      • Inscription Comment

        In red.
  • Curator's comments

    Clark 1992

    A girl crouches on a landing stage holding a fishing-rod and -line and turns to face the young woman who has stepped up beside her. Everything about the painting suggests midsummer: on the embankment faced with stone behind them a silk tree ('nemu no ki') displays its pink fronded blossoms and, as with the previous painting, the standing woman has her long hair combed out loosely to dry after washing. She wears a thin transparent kimono decorated with flying swallows and carries a round fan painted with a calling cuckoo. A somewhat bizarre and intrusive detail is provided by two crabs climbing up the wall.

    Chikanobu was the most talented pupil of Toyohara Kunichika and as such represented the main line of the Utagawa school that had begun with Toyoharu in the 1760s. The long aquiline nose and slightly cross-eyed expression were the hallmarks of Utagawa painters since the Bunsei era (1818-30), but Chikanobu softens the effect by using a crimson outline. Bringing the posts of the breakwater to the very foreground of the image and fading the rippling water away into the distance create a sense of spatial recession that is new.

    '(Hizo) Ukiyo-e taikan' ('Ukiyo-e Masterpieces in European Collections'), ed. Narazaki Muneshige. Vol. 1, Tokyo, Kodansha, 1987, no. 185.Asahi 1996





  • Bibliography

    • Asahi 1996 105 bibliographic details
    • Clark 1992 179 bibliographic details
    • Hizo Ukiyo-e taikan Vol 1 185 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • 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.

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  • Registration number


  • Additional IDs

    • Jap.Ptg.1579 (Japanese Painting Number)
Hanging scroll. Girl fishing. Ink and colours on silk.

Hanging scroll. Girl fishing. Ink and colours on silk.

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