(circa1874). Stock ID #158151
15 very elegant ink paintings on paper mounted on gilt speckled boards, traditional Japanese accordion style album. A little minor worming affecting the margins of two paintings, the endpapers and the gutter of two pages. Patterned silk covered boards discoloured at upper and lower edges and a little nibbled upper edge of lower cover. Presented in a worn and stained traditional Japanese cloth covered case. 20.2 x 23cm. A delightful attractive album. The subjects of the paintings in this delightful album include the four plants known as the "four gentlemen" - plum, bamboo, orchid, chrysanthemum together with the pine, teapot, and landscape. Each painting is signed either "Shūkoku 秋谷" or "Ippō 逸峰" except one signed "Nagusa Hō [or Yoshi] 名草芳". It appears likely that the artist is probably Nagusa Ippō 名草逸峰 (1820-89).
Nagusa Ippō (common name: Yoshitarō 芳太郎) from Wakayama was a literati-style painter active in the late Edo to early Meiji periods. He worked as a doctor in Oita, but in 1872 moved to Kyoto and taught painting. The ink paintings in this album are drawn in a quick and unrestrained literati-manner and are very elegant. Some are free copies of works inspired by Chinese masters, such as Go Chin 呉鎭 [Wu Zhen in Chinese], Chin Jun 陳淳 [Chen Chun in Chinese], I Fukyū 伊孚九 [Yi Fujiu in Chinese], and Chō Shūkoku 張秋谷 [Zhang Qiugu in Chinese]. The latter two painters came to Nagasaki and influenced Japanese painters in the late Edo period.
The album begins with two pages of calligraphy which by another person whose name is not clear enough to read. The date of the calligraphy is legible as hei-shin 丙申 - 1896. One painting also has a date, kō-jutsu 甲戌, - 1874. Considering the gap between the two dates, the calligraphy seems to have been added to the album later. (When referring to this item please quote stockid 158151).