Hanging scroll; ink, color, and gold on paper
Painting: 174.9 x 46.8 cm (68 7/8 x 18 7/16 in.); Mounted: 217.5 x 61.5 cm (85 5/8 x 24 3/16 in.)
The Kelvin Smith Collection, given by Mrs. Kelvin Smith 1985.250
Tanomura Chikuden was an eminent painter whose adopted son, Tanomura Chokunyū (1814–1907), was Seifū Yohei III’s painting teacher. This work was displayed at a gathering commemorating the 10th anniversary of Chokunyū’s death, something we know only because its custom-made box and archival documents have been carefully kept together. The box inscription also confirms that Chikuden was emulating the style of the Mi family of painters, active during China’s Southern Song dynasty (1127–1279). The painting’s Chinese-style silk wrapper is inscribed and sealed on its interior by members of Chokunyū’s community.
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