An unusual tall two panel scene of a kiln climbing up the hillside, firewood stacked in front ready to fire Signed Mitsutaro and exhibited at the 17th Inten National Exhibition in 1930. Titled Nobori-gama, it is published on page 488 of the 6th volume of the Inten Hyakunen-shi. Pigment on paper, it is 68 x 73 inches (173 x 186 cm). There are humidity stains and some minor loss to the pigments. Originally a pair, only one remains.
Ishimoto Mitsutaro (Kotaro) was born in Tokyo in 1890, studied under Kanamori Nanko and later Kobayashi Kokei and Kajita Hanko and graduated the Tokyo University of Arts in 1914. He consistently exhibited with the Inten until 1943, often receiving Nyusen status. Later he would simplify his name to Mitsuro. He served as a professor at the Tama Teikoku University of Art. Nothing is known of his postwar life, or if he survived the Second World War.