A Good Japanese Shijo Drawing on Paper by Harada Keigaku fl.1850/60
10 ¼ x 9 ½ ins. (26 x 24.2 cms) Keigaku was a native of Kawagoe in North West Edo (Tokyo) .and was known for illustrating Haiku. He contributed to several ehon including “Inoko Gusa” 1863 in which he collaborated with Zeshin. He is said to have been a pupil of Nanrei. Although by no means a famous artist his work features in several museums, including the Ashmolean in Oxford.
The fine drawing shows a Chinese woodcutter resting against his bundle of brushwood with fan in hand. It has come from an album of drawings and has a faint vertical centre-fold. There are two tiny worm holes at the top right and left, the artist’s red seals have offset onto the opposite side.
The drawing featured in the catalogue Japanese Brush Drawing in 1991, published by the eminent London dealer Richard Kruml (pl. 49).
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