Artist: Utagawa Kuniyoshi (歌川国芳)

Print: Ichikawa Danjūrō VIII on the right as Kanō Motonobu (狩野四郎次郎元信)
and Bandō Shūka I as the Shōgun's daughter Omatsu (将監娘おみつ)

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Dates: 1848,created
Dimensions: 10.0 in,14.5 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese color woodblock print

Signed: Ichiyūsai Kuniyoshi ga
Artist's seal: kiri
Publisher: Minatoya Kohei
(Marks 332 - seal 24-075)
Censors: Yoshimura and Maramatsu

Related links: Waseda University - left sheet; Waseda University - right sheet; Metropolitan Museum of Art - a six-panel screen by Kanō Motonobu;

Physical description:

The historical Kanō Motonobu lived from 1477-1559, according to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Other sources give different dates.

Also called Ko-Hōgen, Eisen, Gyokusen, attended the lessons of his father Masanobu and those of Oguri Sōtan. He adopted a special style, borrowing from the Chinese and the Tosa school. He was in great favor with the Shōgun Yoshihisa, Yoshizumi, Yoshitane and Yoshiharu. He received the title of Echigo no kami and that of Hōgen after having his head shaved. He was a friend of the sculptor Gotō Yujō whom he supplied with most of his subjects. Motonobu is the most celebrated painter of the Kanō school.

Quoted from: Historical and Geographical Dictionary of Japan by E. Papinot, who gives Motonobu's dates as 1476-1554.


Ex B. W. Robinson collection. 1848/3 An artist taking inspiration from a bijin in his screen painting of a pine tree.


This scene commemorates a performance of Mukashi gatari inazuma hyoshi (昔語稲妻帖).