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Beginning of Wood-Engraving


  • The two first series were edited by Hoitsu, the third by Keda Koson, Hoitsu's pupil.
  • Oson gwafu, 8vo. 1817. Coloured reproductions by Hoitsu. Executed with great care.
  • Original work by Hoitsu is to be found in the Oson Gwafu of 1817 (Hamburg). He also published reproductions after Kenzan, the brother of Korin, with the title, Kenzan iboku, Yedo, 1823, 23 sheets.
  • Korin mangwa, 60 sheets, 8vo. Yedo, 1819. Plants and flowers.

(Tachi­bana ) (Mori­) (kuni)Here we must mention Tachibana Morikuni (16701784), a fertile illustrator during the first half of the eighteenth century, not on account of his own illustrations, of which we shall speak later, but on account of the excellent facsimiles of the sketches he dashed off in bold liquid colours, which appeared directly after his death:—

  • Umpitsu sogwa, "Brush-strokes," 3 vols., fol. 1749. In black and white. Especially animals. Reproduction in Bing, Japan Artistique, No. X., pl. ABG.
  • Riakugwa, 3 vols. 1750.

We have further the following reproductions from drawings by Maruyama Okio (17331795), the founder of the Shijo school:[1]

  • Yenno gwafu, 2 vols., 8vo. Kioto, 1837. Coloured. Historical scenes, deities, flowers, and landscapes.
  • Okio gwafu, small folio. Kioto, 1850. Tinted. Illustrated books after Soken, one of the ten great pupils of Okio, appeared in Kioto in 1802 and 1806. Nishimura Nantei, another pupil of Okio, is the artist of the Nansei gwafu, humorous pictures, two vols., 1812, a continuation of which appeared in Kioto in 1821.
Lastly, Kitao Masayoshi, also called Kitao Keisai (died 1824), a pupil of Shigemasa, deserves mention here. He himself, it is true, had his drawings reproduced in wood-engraving,
  1. Cat. Burty, No. 131 f.