Original Woodblock Print Kitagawa Tsukimaro - Japan - XIX c

Original Woodblock Print Kitagawa Tsukimaro - Japan - XIX c

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Kitagawa Tsukimaro Oban tate-e woodblock print from the series Flower Arrangements of Courtesans Blooming in the Four Seasons (Shiki saku yukun ikebana), signed Tsukimaro hitsu

Size: high 33.5cm, wide 22.2cm

Object Literature: Painter and print artist Kitagawa Tsukimaro (1794–1836) was the best pupil of Kitagawa Utamaro's. In the Bunka era (1804-18) lived at Kodenma-cho sanchome Umaya Shindo, where he worked as a watchman. Began by designing prints of women and 'kibyoshi' using the name Kikumaro. From 1802 changed the way the characters with which this was written from 'chrysanthemum' to 'joy eternal'. From 1804 changed his name to Tsukimaro. From c. 1820 ceased to design prints, painting instead hanging scrolls of beauties in a style influenced by the Maruyama-Shijo school, which he signed 'Kansetsu'. His last dated work is an illustration for a 'kyoka' anthology published in 1836. Oban is the most frequent size for Japanese woodblock prints with about 10 by 15 inches, circa 24,4 by 38 centimeter. Tate is the Japanese word for an image in portrait format. 

Object History:  Ex Lyon & Turnbull, previously from the collection of Arthur Halcrow Verstage.

Arthur Halcrow Verstage (1875-1969) was an architect who spent much of his career in the public sector. He was a student at the Royal Academy School of Architecture in the 1900s and was elected as an Associate of the Royal Institute of British Architects in 1902. By 1903 he was a student and assistant at the Central School of Arts and Crafts (later known as the Central School of Art and Design) in London where William Lethaby was principal and a great influence on him. He then oversaw the design of the new school in Southampton Row from 1905-8. From here he became an architect for London County Council and was involved with many London societies, and as a founding member of the Kelmscott Fellowship, a forerunner to The William Morris Society. His large and varied collection was a reflection of his wide interest in the arts. His archive was purchased by The William Morris Society in 2005.