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Beginning of Wood-Engraving


After copies of Kano Tanyu, who died in 1674, the following very beautiful work was produced by his friends:—

  • Shinchin gwacho, 3 vols., small quarto. Yedo, 1803. Pictures partly in black and white, partly delicately tinted.

(Hana­busa ) (Itsu ) (cho)Reproductions after drawings by Hanabusa Itcho (16511724) are to be found in the following works:[1]

  • Hanabusa uji gwahon, 3 vols. Osaka, 1751.
  • Hanabusa Itcho hiakugwa, 5 vols. Circa 1760.
  • Itcho gwafu, 3 vols. 1770. Another series of the same work in one vol. 1773.
  • Guncho gwayei, 3 vols. 1772.
  • Gwato setsumiyo, 3 vols. 1774. New ed., 1821.
  • Gunto setsumiyo, 3 vols. 1779.
  • Hanabusa Itcho kiogwa. In colours, 1 vol. Nineteenth century.

In the Burty Collection[2] there existed an album in square quarto with twenty coloured double sheets of beautiful design and peculiar colour, representing bath-house scenes, theatre, dance, and street scenes, tea-drinkers, and celebrated poets, along with the picture of a ford in three sections.

The artist is said to have been banished to the island Hachijo owing to the boldness of his caricatures.

Although he had been trained in the Kano school he put himself under the influence of Moronobu. Only the works of his later style, done in the first decades of the eighteenth century, after his return to Yedo, are met with as a rule.[3]

(Ko­) (rin)Of the drawings of the celebrated lacquer-painter Korin (16601716), mostly representations of plants and animals, sketched with a few strokes and broad washes of colour, only a few were reproduced during his lifetime. His works are noted for extraordinary keenness of observation, sureness and delicacy of touch, and refinement of taste. In the collection Gwashi
  1. Anderson Cat., p. 337.
  2. Cat., No. 175.
  3. Cat. Tokio, p. 15.