Yashima Gakutei (八島岳亭) (artist 1786 – 1868)
Ichiro's Picture Album (Ichiro gafu 一老画譜)
6 in x 8.7 in (Overall dimensions)
Album of Gakutei drawings in a complete volume with orange covers. There are illustrations and texts are color woodblock prints. This work reflects Gakutei's skill as a landscape painter who used the Chinese classic "Hsi yu chi" as his model. It contains plum, cherry flowers, snow scenes, bamboo, human figures, willow, mountains, pine, rain, wind, and other classical subjects.
"Ichiro was one of Gakutei's art-names. The prints appeared first in a privately published 'kyoka' book in two volumes entitled 'Sansui kikan kyoka-shu' (Collected 'kyoka' and Landscapes of Strange Sights)." This volume illustrates the continuing vitality of the tradition of 'kyoka' illustration in the woodblock book form.
Brown, Louise Norton, 'Block Printing and Book Illustration in Japan', London and New York, 1924, pp. 190-1.
Toda, Kenji, 'Descriptive Catalogue of the Japanese and Chinese Illustrated Books in the Ryerson Library of the Art Institute of Chicago', Chicago, 1931, p. 277.
Most of the quote and information given directly above is taken directly from the British Museum curatorial comments.