Miscellaneous Prints of Children,

Part I

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

 

Series: Childrenís Games for the Five Elements (Kodomo asobi go-gyŰ, 子供遊五行)

Robinson: 65

Title: Midzu () water

Size: ‘ban (about 14 by 10 inches or 36 by 25 centimeters)

Description: Children playing with a tub of water

Date: c. 1840

Publisher: Ezaki-ya TatsuzŰ

 

Series: Childrenís Games for the Five Elements (Kodomo asobi go-gyŰ, 子供遊五行)

Robinson: 65

Title: Kane () metal

Size: ‘ban (about 14 by 10 inches or 36 by 25 centimeters)

Description: Children playing with tops

Date: c. 1840

Publisher: Ezaki-ya TatsuzŰ

 

NOTE: This print is clearly labeled metal (), although the children appear to be playing with wooden tops.

 

Series: Childrenís Games for the Five Elements (Kodomo asobi go-gyŰ, 子供遊五行)

Robinson: 65

Title: Earth (Tsuchi, )

Size: ‘ban (about 14 by 10 inches or 36 by 25 centimeters)

Description: Children playing with tops

Date: c. 1840

Publisher: Ezaki-ya TatsuzŰ

 

 

Series: Snow, Moon and Flowers in Childrenís Games (Osana asobi sekkwagetsu no uchi, 稚遊雪花月の内)

Robinson: 81

Title: Snow ()

Size: ‘ban (about 14 by 10 inches or 36 by 25 centimeters)

Description:

Date: c. 1840

Publisher: Nuno-Kichi

 

Series: Snow, Moon and Flowers in Childrenís Games (Osana asobi sekkwagetsu no uchi, 稚遊雪花月の内)

Robinson: 81

Title: Moon ()

Size: ‘ban (about 14 by 10 inches or 36 by 25 centimeters)

Description:

Date: c. 1840

Publisher: Nuno-Kichi

 

Series: Snow, Moon and Flowers in Childrenís Games (Osana asobi sekkwagetsu no uchi, 稚遊雪花月の内)

Robinson: 81

Title: Flowers ()

Size: ‘ban (about 14 by 10 inches or 36 by 25 centimeters)

Description:

Date: c. 1840

Publisher: Nuno-Kichi

 

Series: The Childrenís Instructor in Etiquette (Kodomo shorei shitsuke-gata, 子供諸礼躾方)

Robinson: 136

Title:

Size: ‘ban (about 14 by 10 inches or 36 by 25 centimeters)

Description:

Date: c. 1840

Publisher: Murata-ya JirŰbei

 

Series: The Childrenís Instructor in Etiquette (Kodomo shorei shitsuke-gata, 子供諸礼躾方)

Robinson: 136

Title: Hanging a scroll (掛物かけやう) and arranging flowers inside the home (立花生花見やう)

Size: ‘ban (about 14 by 10 inches or 36 by 25 centimeters)

Description:

Date: c. 1840

Publisher: Murata-ya JirŰbei

 

Series: The Childrenís Instructor in Etiquette (Kodomo shorei shitsuke-gata, 子供諸礼躾方)

Robinson: 136

Title: Correct posture when dinning (膳での食事のしかた) and bowing when serving a meal (給仕のしかた)

Size: ‘ban (about 14 by 10 inches or 36 by 25 centimeters)

Description:

Date: c. 1840

Publisher: Murata-ya JirŰbei

 

 

 

Series: KyŰto Children as Tradesmen (Keishi kodomo akindo, 京師子供商人)

Robinson: 138

Title: None

Size: ‘ban (about 14 by 10 inches or 36 by 25 centimeters)

Description: A wood gatherer

Date: c. 1840

Publisher: No seal

 

I am grateful to Marc DeVriese for this image

 

Series: Childrenís Games

(Kodomo asobi, 子供遊)

Robinson: 146

Title:

Size: ‘ban (about 14 by 10 inches or 36 by 25 centimeters)

Description: Child in elegant dress with fan

Date: c. 1842

Publisher: No seal

 

Series: Childrenʼs Games (子供)

Title: 踊供子

Size: ‘ban (about 14 by 10 inches or 36 by 25 centimeters)

Description: Children performing a scene from the kabuki play Tsumoru koi yukino seki no to (積恋雪関扉)

Date: c. 1840

Publisher: Maruko (丸幸)

 

This print appears to be from the same series as the previous print, but the absence of text is puzzling.It presumably shows children performing a scene from the kabuki play.

 

Series: Kodomo asobi... (子供遊...)

Robinson: Not listed

Title:

Size: ‘ban (about 14 by 10 inches or 36 by 25 centimeters)

Description: Young boy as a yamabushi (mountain priest)

Date: c. 1840-1842

Publisher: Kawaguchi-ya Uhei

 

NOTE: The left lower corner of this print has the number 1 within a circle ().

 

Series: Kodomo asobi... (子供遊...)

Robinson: Not listed

Title:

Size: ‘ban (about 14 by 10 inches or 36 by 25 centimeters)

Description:

Date: c. 1840-1842

Publisher: Kawaguchi-ya Uhei

 

 

Series: Kodomo asobi... (子供遊...)

Robinson: Not listed

Title:

Size: ‘ban (about 14 by 10 inches or 36 by 25 centimeters)

Description: Two young boys performing a dance

Date: c. 1840-1842

Publisher: Kawaguchi-ya Uhei

 

 

Series: The Four Social Classes in Childrenís Games (Kodomo asobi shi-nŰ-kŰ-shŰ, 子供遊士農工商)

Robinson: Not listed

Title: Shi () Samurai

Size: ‘ban (about 14 by 10 inches or 36 by 25 centimeters)

Description:

Date: 1861

Publisher: KatŰ-ya IwazŰ

 

 

Series: Pine, Bamboo and Plum in Childrenís Games (Kodomo asobi shouchikubai, 子供遊 松竹梅)

Robinson: Not listed

Title: Pine ()

Size: ‘ban (about 14 by 10 inches or 36 by 25 centimeters)

Description:

Date: c. 1844-1846

Publisher: Nuno-Kichi

 

Series: Pine, Bamboo and Plum in Childrenís Games (Kodomo asobi shouchikubai, 子供遊 松竹梅)

Robinson: Not listed

Title: Bamboo ()

Size: ‘ban (about 14 by 10 inches or 36 by 25 centimeters)

Description:

Date: c. 1844-1846

Publisher: Nuno-Kichi

 

Series: Childrenís Games for the Five Festivals (Osana asobi go sekku no uchi, 稚遊五節句之内

Robinson: Not listed

Title: Ninth month (菊月)

Size: ‘ban (about 14 by 10 inches or 36 by 25 centimeters)

Description: Boys wrestling

Date: 1846-1852

Publisher: Wakasa-ya Yoichi

 

Series:

Robinson: Not listed

Title:

Size: ‘ban (about 14 by 10 inches or 36 by 25 centimeters)

Description: Children with puppet on go board

Date: c. 1844-1846

Publisher: Nuno-Kichi

 

Series:

Robinson:

Title:

Size: ‘ban (about 14 by 10 inches or 36 by 25 centimeters)

Description: Fulling (removing creases from cloth)

Date:

Publisher:

 

Robinson: Not listed

Title: 24 Paragons of Filial Piety Illustrated by Different Social Classes (Shi-no-ko-sho nijushiko no uchi, 士農工商 当世廿四孝の内)

Size: ‘ban (about 14 by 10 inches or 36 by 25 centimeters)

Description: Four children performing various household chores, under a full moon

Date: c. 1833-1849

Publisher: Kawaguchi-ya Uhei

 

Series:

Robinson: Not listed

Title:

Size:

Description: Children performing acrobatics

Date: 1820-1846

Publisher: Mori-ya Jihei

 

Series: Untitled

Robinson: Not listed

Title: None

Size: ChŻtanzakuban (about 14 by 5 inches or 36 by 13 centimeters)

Description: Children imitating acrobatics performed by firemen at festivals

Date: c. 1830

Publisher: Yamamoto-ya Heikichi

 

 

Series: Untitled

Robinson: Not listed

Title: None

Size: ChŻtanzakuban (about 14 by 5 inches or 36 by 13 centimeters)

Description: Children imitating acrobatics performed by firemen at festivals

Date: c. 1830

Publisher: Yamamoto-ya Heikichi

 

 

Series: Untitled

Robinson: Not listed

Title: None

Size: ChŻtanzakuban (about 14 by 5 inches or 36 by 13 centimeters)

Description: Children imitating acrobatics performed by firemen at festivals

Date: c. 1830

Publisher: Yamamoto-ya Heikichi

 

 

Robinson: Not listed

Title: Children Playing as Diggers of the Well og Golden Water (子供遊金生水之掘抜, Kodomo asobi kinjŰsui no horinuki)

Size: Kakemono-e, a vertical diptychs with each panel about 14 by 10 inches (36 by 25 centimeters)

Description: Children using bamboo scaffolding to dig a well

Date: 1842

Publisher: JŰshŻ-ya KinzŰ

 

Series: None

Robinson: Not listed

Title: None

Size: ChŻtanzakuban (about 14 by 5 inches or 36 by 13 centimeters)

Description: Children dancing and flying kites

Date: 1820-1846

Publisher: Yamamoto-ya Heikichi

ďRobinsonĒ refers to listing of the series in Kuniyoshi by Basil William Robinson (Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1961).

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