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Police Arrest Eleven Actors for Gambling, No. 7 Nishikie Shinbun

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Police Arrest Eleven Actors for Gambling

by Kinoshita Hironobu II, 1881

IHL Cat. #310

About This Print

This print depicting a raid on a gambling den, was "published in Kyoto long after the news nishikie boom had come and gone in 1874-1876."  The cartouche reads "Nishikie shinbun" / "No. 7" / "Meiji 14-4-21" [21 April 1881].1  The illustration is for one of the four articles in the top half of this print.

The University of Tokyo database "Meiji Sinbun Zasshi Bunko" titles this print 島原廓の話 など4件 which loosely translates to Shimabara district talk/rumors, etc., four events. 

For a summary of the brief life of nishiki-e shinbun (newspaper color woodblock prints) see the article Nishiki-e shinbun and Newspapers in Meiji Japan.

1 Information supplied via email by William Wetherall

Summary in Japanese

Source: Tokyo University website http://www.um.u-tokyo.ac.jp/publish_db/1999news/03/301/30111.html

Production Credits
春錦假本局 (春錦社仮本局) Shunjinsha? Temporary Office
社長 砂川政民 [Director Sunakawa Masatami]
假編輯兼印刷 高橋宗介 [editing and printing Takahashi Sosuke]
畫工 木下広信 [drawing by Kinoshita Hironobu]

This installation features more than 30 loans from two remarkably rich local resources, the Lavenberg Collection of Japanese Prints, and the Lee & Mary Jean Michels Collection. It was co-curated by Professors Akiko Walley (History of Art and Architecture) and Glynne Walley (East Asian Languages and Literatures) and JSMA Chief Curator Anne Rose Kitagawa. QR codes on selected labels allow visitors to access translations and explanations of the complex wordplay, imagery, and cultural context of these fascinating objects.


KINOSHITAHironobu II (木下広信,1844-?)

Japanese;Meiji period, 1881

Police Arrest Eleven Actors for Gambling, No. 7of The Brocade Picture News (Nishiki-eShinbun)

Ukiyo-e woodblock-printed “brocade newspaper” (shinbun nishiki-e) in vertical ōban format; ink and color on paper

TheLavenberg Collection of Japanese Prints, IHL.0310

Print Details

 IHL Catalog
 Title or Description Police arrest eleven actors for gambling
 Newspaper Nishikie shinbun (Kyoto) 錦画新聞 7号
 Artist  Kinoshita Hironobu II (1844-?)
 Signature artist's name 木下広信 printed in lower left of text cartouche
 Seal  not sealed
 Writer of Text
 Publication Date April 21, 1881
 Publisher 春錦社 - unknown publisher; possible reading "Shunjinsha"
 Carver unknown
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition fair- soiling and light toning; thinning and rubbing lower right corner; not backed
 Genre nishiki-e shinbun
 Format vertical oban
 H x W Paper
 14 7/8 x 10 in. (37.8 x 25.4 cm)

 Collections This Print
 The University of Tokyo: Meiji Sinbun Zasshi Bunko ID 13594
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