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Bird and Animal Drawings by Seiho


 Japanese Woodblock Printed Book

Bird and Animal Drawings by Seiho

by Takeuchi Seihō, c. 1935

Spring is Over from the series Seihō's Masterpieces

IHL Cat. #1622

About This Book

This book is a re-print by Shima Art Company of twenty woodblock prints of drawings by the Kyoto artist Takeuchi Seihō which originally appeared in the four volumes of Seihō's Guide to Drawing (Seihō shūgachō 栖鳳 習畫帖), published by Unsōdō Publishing in 1901.  (See this collection's copies of volume 1, volume 2 and volume 4 of the 1901 Seihō's Guide to Drawing.) While there are small differences between the 1901 prints and these c. 1935 prints, I believe the same blocks were used for both printings.  The printing in the 1901 edition is of better quality, holding more detail than the later printing.

As to how Shima Art Company obtained the original blocks it may be that they were acquired from Unsōdō Publishing.  In his history of the Shima Art Company, Kotaro Sumii, a descendant of the founder E. T. Shima, notes that Shima Art Company brought in Maruyama-Shijō school's kacho-e prints from Kyoto, possibly from Unsōdō.1  Seihō was considered he "most celebrated practitioner" of the Maruyama-Shijō school of art during his time.

1 web article titled "The History of My Grandparents' Business" by Kotaro Sumii appearing on the website of Shotei.com at http://shotei.com/publishers/shima/history.htm
2 The Art of Modern Japan: From the Meiji Restoration to the Meiji Centennial 1868-1968, Hugo Munsterberg, Hacker Art Books, 1978, p. 46. 

Note: Below drawing titles are taken from the table of contents of the 1901 original release.
click on each image to enlarge
Seiho's Guide to Drawing
鳥 tori - bird

   猫 neko - cat

水鳧 suiei kamo - duck swimming
鳩 hato - dove
 杙 kui - pile

雛? hina - young bird
鼠 nezumi - mouse



雀 jaku - sparrow

鮎 ayu - sweetfish

金魚 kingyo - goldfish 

鶴 tsuru - crane 

雞 kei - chickens
獅子 shishi - lion


Book Details

 IHL Catalog #1622
 Title 栖鳳 習畫帖 [Seihō shūgachō]  - as titled on the front cover
  Bird and Animal Drawings by Seiho - as titled on the inside of the back cover
 Takeuchi Seihō (1864-1942)
 drawings do not carry the artist's signature
This seal either red or black ink appears on all drawings in this volume
 Publication Date c. 1935 (this date is taken from the OCLC World Cat record for this book).
 Edition unknown
Shima Art Company (as appears on inside of rear cover)
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition good - paper is brittle and a few drawings have small tears or vertical tears the length the width of the paper along the binding edge.  Repair have been made using Japanese repair tape from verso. 
 Genre gafu
 Format yamatotoji 大和綴
 H x W Paper 7 7/8 x 9 7/8 in. (17.5 x 25.1 cm )
 Collections This Book 
 Reference Literature