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have already been mentioned in the preceding chapter; to them belongs, among others, that of a young girl reading a letter. Strange reproduces (plate 2, page 30) two women; Anderson (Japanese Wood-Engraving, plate ii.), a woman with a vessel of water on her head, who turns, in the act of walking, toward a child that she is leading by the hand. Fenollosa (Outline, pl. viii.) reproduces a print of about 1768-69, for which ten wood blocks, exclusive of the black and white block, were employed. Among other compositions may be mentioned:—

  • A youth discovering bamboo shoots in snow.
  • Sennin Kinko in the shape of a woman, seated on a carp.
  • Washerwoman tripping gracefully through a brook.
  • Dancing girl with a large Tai fish.
  • A young woman at her door with two youthful companions and a dog.
  • Two little girls at a temple gate — one of his most delicate creations.
  • Two women standing in the water, one of whom is catching small fish by the aid of a cormorant, while the other keeps them in a bowl.
  • Two female water-carriers, one of whom is standing in the water and filling a bucket.
  • Two women under a large umbrella, protecting themselves from a heavy shower.
  • Two girls on the seashore, picking rush-leaves.
  • A youth leading a girl on horseback—one of his most perfect creations.
  • Sedan-bearers at night by lantern light.
  • A parrot on its perch, large and simple (Berlin Kunstgewerbe-museum).

Other sheets are mentioned by Bing (Catalogue, No. 133), and the Leroux Catalogue.

A word of warning may be added concerning the reprints of Harunobu's works, as they appear to have been made from re-cut blocks; they can be recognised by the thickness of the contours, the deep impression of the lines, the dirty dull colours and