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A rare, highly talented and enigmatic painter who produced only a few masterpieces. Sukeyasu left two sons and his widow remarried a man named Soga.

There is some confusion over his active working life with differing dates from 1748 to 1780, but he was certainly painting in the 1760s. He adopted the two children and they waited patiently for an opportunity to kill Suketsune which came when he was hunting near Mt Fuji. Status: Available Kewaizaka no Shosho cuts her hair to become a nun.

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This early state has the kiwame seal in left margin. Known for his paintings of beauties but also designed some fine surimono. Very slight trimming, otherwise very good condition. Status: Available The priest Mongaku Shonin doing thirty-seven days penance under the freezing Nachi waterfall near Kyoto. This design is invariably trimmed as the designs that have survived are from albums where the top triptych had to fold down into the album. Status: Sold The actor Segawa Kikunojo II as the Tennin (a devine being that is able to fly by means of a feathered kimono) from the play Hagoromo, “The Feathered Mantle.” She stands on Miho Beach, the feathered kimono caught in the tree behind her. Very good colour: Benizuri-e with beni, green and blue.

This was removed on later editions and the seal after Hiroshige’s signature has the characters reversed white on red. Imperceptible centre fold, otherwise very good condition. An original fan painting showing a reclining beauty. Status: Available A triptych showing the battle of Shijo Nawate at Yoshino, Nara. He is helped by Fudo Myo-o’s two attendants Seitaka and Kongara seen here top right. Superb impression of the first state with splashed gofun over Mongaku’s head. Lightly backed and imperceptible centrefold, otherwise fine condition. Status: Available Yamauba and Kintoki from a set of thirteen prints Ikkai zuihitsu, “A Miscellany by Ikkai,” this being an early name of Yoshitoshi’s. Full size (unusual as these prints are overlarge obans and usually trimmed down to the common denominator in albums). Status: Sold A rare 6-sheet design: Odori keiyo gakuya no zu, Odori keiyo nikai-iri no zu, “View of the Backstage and Dressing Rooms, Backstage at a Newly Opened Theatre.” The 1855 earthquake and resulting fire destroyed the Edo theatre district. The story relates how fishermen find the boa but will only return it if she performs a dance. Some light toning and soil, otherwise very good condition. Status: Sold A preparatory drawing sold together with the published print showing the actor Sawamura Sojuro III as Oboshi Yuranosuke from the play Kanadehon Chushingura. Three other drawings from this group are illustrated in Kunisada, Robert Schaap, Hotei Publishing, 2016, nos 103-105.

4 (of 10): Katsukawa school, Suzuki Harunobu and Isoda Koryusai, pl. It is also mentioned on page 113 in Ukiyo-e Large Encyclopaedia, Vol. Various Chinese legends exist regarding the origins of Shoki but the gist of them all is that Emperor Xuanzong canonized Shoki, a physician, and in gratitude Shoki vowed to protect the ruler and his heirs from demons and illness. Sukeyasu left two sons and his widow remarried a man named Soga.

2, edited by Japan Ukiyo-e Society, published by Taishukan, 1982. (There is an impression with a cube-shaped red Hiroshige seal which is the first state.) Status: Available Winter from a set of the four seasons showing Prince Genji and attendants in the snow-covered grounds of a palace. Shoun is best known for his series of woodblocks of beautiful women, Ima Sugata, published 1906-9. Signed Shoun hitsu with two seals, one reading Shoun. This design is beautifully printed, the blue and sumi graded off to indicate the ghostly status of Tsuneyo. Status: Available The courtesan Biso of the Ogi House holding a brush up to a snow sculpture of Daruma. He adopted the two children and they waited patiently for an opportunity to kill Suketsune which came when he was hunting near Mt Fuji. Status: Available Soga no Juro on a horse lower left bids farewell to his lover, Tora Gozen.

Status: Available Oiso no Maihime telling the Soga brothers the whereabouts of Suketsune.

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