Tenmei shinsen gojunin isshu: Azumaburi kyoka bunko
Masanobu, Kitao; designer; Japanese printmaker, 1761-1816
Book from woodblocks printed in colour. Preface by Yadoya no Meshimori. Illustrations designed by Masanobu. Engraved by Seki Jiemon. Published by Tsutaya Juzaburo, Edo, 1786.
given; 1943; Clarke, Louis Colville Gray
By the middle years of the 1780s, the popularity of 'crazy verse' (kyoka) reached a peak, with all classes and professions taking part in public poetry contests. In two anthologies of 1786 and 1787, Kitao Masanobu (aka the author Santo Kyoden) did a series of comic portraits of some of the main participants, parodying the ancient court portraits of poets of classical verse (waka). This is the fist anthology, containing fifty portraits; the second book (1787) contained 100. This book set the fashion for depicting living kyoka (comic verse) poets in parody of the conventionalised portraits of classical poets familiar to every educated Japanese. It’s success led to the similar volume in the following year. The compiler was Ishikawa Masamochi (Yadoya no Meshimori; (宿屋飯盛). The advertisement for this book that appeared two years later in Utamaro's 'Insect Book', from the same publisher, read: 'Tenmei shinsen gojūnin isshu / Azuma-buri kyōka bunko (A Treasury of Kyōka of the East, by Fifty Poets; A New Selection of the Tenmei Era), compiled by Yadoya no Meshimori '.
Object Number: P.545-1943
(Paintings, Drawings and Prints)
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