Miscellaneous Prints of Children,

Part I

 

Prints of children account for a small fraction of ukiyo-e prints.  Some of these 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.

 

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Series: Children Playing with Firemen’s Standards (Kodomo asobi matoi zukushi, 子供遊纏づくし)

Subtitle: Second Brigade (Nibangumi, 二番組)

Robinson: Not listed

Size: Chûban (about 10 by 7 inches or 25 by 18 centimeters

Date: 1842-1846 (censor Watanabe Shôemon)

Publisher: Unidentified

 

NOTE: A matoi () was a flag or standard used by firemen in the Edo period.

 

Series: Children Playing with Firemen’s Standards (Kodomo asobi matoi zukushi, 子供遊纏づくし)

Subtitle: Second Brigade (Nibangumi, 二番組)

Robinson: Not listed

Size: Chûban (about 10 by 7 inches or 25 by 18 centimeters

Date: 1842-1846 (censor Watanabe Shôemon)

Publisher: Unidentified

 

 

Series:

Robinson: Not listed

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

Description: Children playing with a firemen’s standard

Date: c. 1841-1842

Publisher: Unidentified

 

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

Robinson: 138

Title: None

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

Description: A wood gatherer

Date: c. 1840

Publisher: No seal

 

NOTE: This design is also used in the series Fashionable Series of Children’s Dances.  I am grateful to Marc DeVriese for this image

 

Series: Children’s Games

(Kodomo asobi, 子供遊)

Robinson: 146

Title:

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

Description: Child in elegant dress with fan

Date: c. 1842

Publisher: No seal

 

NOTE: This design is also used in the series Fashionable Series of Children’s Dances. 

 

Series: Children’s Games

(Kodomo asobi, 子供遊)

Robinson: 146

Title:

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

Description: Child in elegant dress with umbrella

Date: c. 1842

Publisher: Maru-ya Seijirô

 

NOTE: This design is also used in the series Fashionable Series of Children’s Dances. 

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Series: Childrenʼs Games (子供)

Title: 踊供子

Size: Ôban (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)

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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

 

Series: Kodomo asobi... (子供遊...)

Robinson: Not listed

Title:

Size: Ôban (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 ().

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Series: Kodomo asobi... (子供遊...)

Robinson: Not listed

Title:

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

Description:

Date: c. 1840-1842

Publisher: Kawaguchi-ya Uhei

 

Kuniyoshi - [Children's Games] two young boys performing a dance

 

Series: Kodomo asobi... (子供遊...)

Robinson: Not listed

Title:

Size: Ôban (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

 

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Series: The Four Social Classes in Children’s Games (Kodomo asobi shi-nô-kô-shô, 子供遊士農工商)

Robinson: Not listed

Title: Shi () Samurai

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

Description:

Date: 1861

Publisher: Katô-ya Iwazô

 

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

Robinson: Not listed

Title: Pine ()

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

Description:

Date: c. 1844-1846

Publisher: Nuno-Kichi

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

Robinson: Not listed

Title: Bamboo ()

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

Description:

Date: c. 1844-1846

Publisher: Nuno-Kichi

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Series: Children’s 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: Ôban (about 14 by 10 inches or 36 by 25 centimeters)

Description: Boys wrestling

Date: 1846-1852

Publisher: Wakasa-ya Yoichi

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Series:

Robinson: Not listed

Title:

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

Description: Fulling (removing creases from cloth)

Date: c. 1840

Publisher: Fujioka-ya Hikotarô

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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: Ôban (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

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Description: 7-year-old Naniwa Kamekichi (七歳上乗浪花亀吉), 9-year-old Naniwa Matsunosuke (九歳曲持浪花松之助), and 12-year-old Naniwa Mayoshi (十二歳足芸浪花馬吉) performing acrobatics

Date: c. 1833

Publisher: Mori-ya Jihei

 

Text: Performance at the West Ryogoku Hirokoji (西両国広小路において興行仕候) On top 7-year-old Naniwa Kamekichi, ashigei (foot juggler) 9-year-old Naniwa Matsunosuke, and kyokumochi (foot acrobat) 12-year-old Naniwa Mayoshi (七歳上乗浪花亀吉, 九歳曲持浪花松之助, 十二歳足芸浪花馬吉)

Date: c. 1833

Publisher:

 

I am grateful to Robert Pryor for this image.

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Robinson: Not listed

Title: Children Playing as Diggers of the Well of Golden Water (子供遊金生水之掘抜, Kodomo asobi kinjôsui 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: Jôshû-ya Kinzô

Kuniyoshi - SC138186

 

Series: None

Robinson: Not listed

Title: None

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

Description: Children dancing and flying kites

Date: 1841-1842

Publisher: Yamamoto-ya Heikichi

 

Series:

Robinson: Not listed

Title: 子供

Size:

Description: Two children with doll and chrysanthemum plant

Date: c. 1844

Publisher: Nuno-Kichi

 

Series: Precious Children (子宝遊)

Robinson: Not listed

Title: Imitating Ebisu and Jurôjin (見立七福神 寿老ゑびす)

Size:

Description: Children as the Lucky Gods Ebisu and Jurôjin

Date: c. 1842

Publisher: Katô-ya Iwazô

 

I am grateful to Robert Pryor for this image.

 

Series: A Collection of Children’s Dances (Kodomo odori tsukushi, 子どもおどりつくし)

Robinson: Not listed

Title: Hahasodachi yukima no uguisu, 母育雪間鶯)

Description: Kaidômaru (怪童丸) dancing 

Date: 1847-1848 (censors Hama and Kinugasa)

Publisher: Ebisu-ya Shôshichi

 

I am grateful to Robert Pryor for this image.

 

I am grateful to Robert Pryor for this alternate state of the above design.

 

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

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