Prints of Children

 

 

Prints of children account for a small fraction of ukiyo-e prints.  Some of theses show karako (唐子), boys in ancient Chinese dress.  This genre includes the series listed as 65, 81, 109, 114, 116, 119, 123, 124, 129, 132, 136, 138, 142, and 146 in Kuniyoshi by Basil William Robinson (Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1961).  Other prints of children may be found in the section on Paragons of Filial Piety.  I am grateful to Ward Pieters for assisting with this section. 

Series

Date

Robinson

1961*

Robinson

1982

Modern Childrenʼs Games (Tōsei kodomo asobi)

c. 1835

119

 

Newly Published Childrenʼs Games (Shinpan kodomo asobi no uchi)

c. 1836

 

 

Series of Popular Songs on Childrenʼs Games (Kodomo asobi naga-uta zukushi)

c. 1840

109

 

Weaves’ Children in the Silk-worm House (Sanka shokushi nu zu)

c. 1840

116

 

Instruction for Children in the Accomplishments (Yodō shogei kyōsō)

c. 1840

124

 

Children’s Games for the Five Festivals (Osana asobi go sekku no uchi)

c. 1840

129

 

Children's Games for the Eight Dispositions (Osana asobi hachi gyō no uchi)

c. 1840

132

 

Fashionable Series of Children’s Dances (Fūryū kodomo odori zukushi)

c. 1840

142

 

Set of Kintarō (Kintarō zukushi)

c. 1840

 

S12

Children at Play (Osana asobi no uchi)

c. 1842

 

 

Childrenʼs Games of the Five Festivals (Kodomo asobi gosekku no uchi)

1842-1846

 

 

Young Models of Great Achievement

1843-1846

 

 

Battledores in Patchwork Relief (Oshive hago-ita)

1845

 

S35a

Stories of 10 Distressed Children (Yakushi jū-shi den)

1854

 

S85

Moral Guidelines for Good and Naughty Apprentices (Kyōkun zenaku kozō zoroe)

1857

 

 

Miscellaneous prints of children

 

65, 81, 114, 123, 136, 138, and 146

T49

* “Robinson 1961” indicates listing in Kuniyoshi by Basil William Robinson, 1961, Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

‡ “Robinson 1982” indicates listing in Kuniyoshi: The Warrior-Prints by Basil William Robinson (Cornell University Press, Ithaca, NY, 1982) and its privately published supplement.

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