Original Toshikata (1866 - 1908) Japanese Woodblock Print
Series; Foundations of Morality and Success (Kyodo Risshi no Motoi)
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Foundations of Morality and Success - Many artists created designs for this long-running newspaper series depicting both contemporary and historical heroes and heroines. These exemplary individuals were thought to embody values to both inspire and encourage readers. The series was published by Heikichi Matsuki of the Daikokuya publishing firm, a company established in 1763 and known for its high quality woodblock designs. Daikokuya commissioned leading artists of the day, such as Yoshitoshi, Toshikata, Kiyochika, and Kunichika, to create these wonderful designs. Beautifully detailed with fine line work and soft shading, these great Meiji era prints were singled out for recognition by the Japanese government when the series was completed in 1890 for encompassing such uplifting and noble subjects. First edition prints feature a patterned border in a variety of colors, while the 1902 edition has plain paper borders. A fascinating series and a great choice for a collector interested in life in late 19th century Japan.
Hanawa Hokiichi - Handsome scene from this interesting series showing the blind scholar Hanawa Hokiichi, teaching his students one evening. He sits at a low table, the students gathered in a ring around him. The fellow at upper left looks up from his book with surprise as the breeze from an open doorway has blown out the candle on a nearby stand. Blind since age seven, Hanawa Hokiichi went on to found the Wagaku Kodansho academy for the study of Japanese classics, and devoted forty years to editing a 670 volume collection of Japanese literature called the "Gunsho ruiju." A fine portrait of this noted academic, with attractive detail in the interior setting and fabrics.
Artist - Toshikata (1866 - 1908)
Image Size - 14 1/8" x 9 5/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Slight toning and soiling, stains. A few prints have a few holes or slight thinning at edge, repaired. Please see photos for details.