Artist: Toyohara Chikanobu (豊原周延)

Print: Setchu ni ume no sho gunji yugi no zu (雪中ニ梅荘郡児遊戯図)

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Dates: 1887,created
Dimensions: 9.5 in,14.0 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese color woodblock print

Signed: Yōshū Chikanobu hitsu
Publisher: Kobayashi Tetsujirō
(Not listed under this name in Marks)

Related links: Metropolitan Museum of Art; Harvard Art Museums; Waseda University; Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery;

Physical description:

Julia Meech-Pekarik wrote "In another print by Chikanobu dated November 1887 the prince encourages his playmates to enjoy rough-and-tumble outdoor winter sports, but he stands aloof on his front porch, not quite one of the boys... Even his costume sets him apart; it is a miniature replica of the military uniform worn by his father [the Meiji emperor], who is seated int he parlor."

Quoted from: The World of the Meiji Print: Impressions of a New Civilization, page 128. Illustrated on page 129.


This triptych is also illustrated in Orientalism: Visions of the East in Western Dress by Richard Harrison Martin and Harold Koda, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1994, p. 74. However, this image is incorrectly reproduced in reverse.


The name of the publishing house printed in the large vertical cartouche in the lower left corner is Kobayashi Tetsujirō. This is actually the family name of the publishing house Maruya Tetsujirō (Marks 300).


Illustrated in color in The Art of Japan, China and Korea in Russian (Искусство Японии, Китая и Кореи) by Irina Novikova, 2017, p. 333.