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painting / hanging scroll

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1913,0501,0.490

  • Description

    Painting, hanging scroll. Planting rice seedlings in rain; three farmers with umbrellas and raincoats working in rice field; paths and trees along edges of rice fields; mountains in distance. Ink and light colour on silk. Signed, dated and sealed.

  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1866
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 139.7 centimetres
    • Width: 56.7 centimetres
    • Height: 203 centimetres (mount)
    • Width: 74.5 centimetres (mount)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        signature and date
      • Inscription Position

        image, top right
      • Inscription Language

        Japanese
      • Inscription Content

        丙寅夏日寫 百年
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Hinoe tora kajitsu utsusu Hyakunen
      • Inscription Translation

        Painted on a summer day, 1866; Hyakunen
      • Inscription Type

        seal
      • Inscription Script

        Japanese
      • Inscription Position

        image, top right
      • Inscription Content

      • Inscription Transliteration

        Ju
      • Inscription Type

        seal
      • Inscription Script

        Japanese
      • Inscription Position

        image, top right
      • Inscription Content

      • Inscription Transliteration

        Sei
  • Curator's comments

    Hizo Nihon bijutsu taikan Vol 3

    The treatment of the rain - in thin ink with swift, downward strokes of a broad brush blurring the rough texture of the trees in the middle distance - and the skill with which thick ink is applied to create a three-dimensional effect on the ground in the fore of the picture, represent techniques that, along with the seasonal theme of rice-planting amidst spring rain, were a speciality of the Maruyama Shijo school. This kind of picture, with a sophisticated, stylish lightness of mood and themes suggested by the interplay between nature and the daily lives of the people of Kyoto, was widely popular at the time.

    The artist, Suzuki Hyakunen (1825-91), commanded a wide following - collectively known as the Hyakunen school - in art circles in Kyoto during the years before and after the Meiji Restoration. His style is an eclectic blend from various other schools; the strong emphasis on the Nanga school in the works of his later years is said to have found favor among the writers and artists of the day.

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  • Bibliography

    • Hizo Nihon bijutsu taikan Vol 3 57 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Subjects

  • Associated places

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1913

  • 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.

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    1913,0501,0.490

  • Additional IDs

    • Jap.Ptg.2566 (Japanese Painting Number)
COMPASS Title: Suzuki Hyakunen, Planting Rice Seedlings in the Rain, a hanging scroll painting

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COMPASS Title: Suzuki Hyakunen, Planting Rice Seedlings in the Rain, a hanging scroll painting

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