Album with Twenty Copperplate Prints by Okada Shuntosai
[Japan] Album of 20 copperplate engravings mounted on paper by Okada Shuntosai (fl 1830-1861), a student of Gengendo's founder, Matsumoto Yasuoki (1776-1867). Such albums comprise the bulk of Shuntosai's work in both institutional holdings and on the market.
Following is a list of prints in the album, with identifications and dates based on the websites of the Dutch National Museum of World Cultures, the MFA and the Uji museum as well as John Clark, Japanese Nineteenth Century Copperplate Prints (British Museum Occasional Papers 84, 1994):
1. Four Seasons in Tokyo. 2. Thousand Character Classic (1858). 3. Special Points of Pride of the Three Cities: Edo, Kyoto, Osaka. 4. View of Kamakura with Mt. Fuji in the distance. 5. Sixty-nine Stations of the Kiso Kaidō (Nakasendo). 6. Nihon Sankei—The Three Views of Japan: Miyajima, Matsushima, Amanohashidate. 7. Edo, Ryogoku Bridge (1859). 8. Kyoto, New Shimabara, Temporary Location of Pleasure Quarter (1856). 9. Edo, Shinobazu Pond (1861). 10. Kyoto, Gion, Western Pavilion Gate. 11. Mountain Road between the Twin Nose and Yagi Temples of Myōken (1849. Shuntosai's earliest dated print). 12. Kyoto, Self-guided Tour. 13. Edo, Asakusa Temple in Snow (1860). 14. Edo, Saruwaka cho, Three Theaters (1860). 15. Eight Views of Edo. 16. Kyoto, Views of Famous Places in the Western Hills. 17. Edo, Sumida River (1860). 18. Kyoto, Kagura Hill and Yoshida Shrine. 19. Kamakura, Tsurugaoka Hachiman Shrine. 20. Kyoto, Higashi Honganji (not in any referenced collections). Each mounted on silver-decorated blue paper.
Album measures 17.8 x 11.8cm; images measure approximately 14.5 x 8.5cm.
In fine condition. Covers a little worn.