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Police Arrest Eleven Actors for Gambling

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 covers four articles on the same topic 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

Japanese Summary

Source: Tokyo University website http://www.um.u-tokyo.ac.jp/publish_db/1999news/03/301/30111.html
巡査による賭博の手入れ
東京大学法学部附属明治新聞雑誌文庫蔵
明治十四年(一八八一)に京都で発行された新聞錦絵。上半分の活字印刷の部分に書かれた四件の記事の内の一つを絵にしたのが下の画面である。絵師は木下広信。役者十一人が宿屋で車座になり、花札賭博をしていたところを踏み込まれた場面である。

Production Credits
 
 
亰都上京區第廿九組
東片町六百二番地
春錦社假本局
(春錦社仮本局) Shunjinsha? Temporary Office
社長 砂川政民 [Director Isakawa? Masatami]
假編輯兼印刷 高橋宗介 [editing and printing Takahashi? Munesuke?]
畫工 木下広信 [drawing by Kinoshita Hironobu]



Print Details

 IHL Catalog
 #310
 Title or Description  Police arrest eleven actors for gambling
 Newspaper  Nishikie shinbun (Kyoto) 錦画新聞
 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
 Miscellaneous  
 Format  vertical oban
 H x W Paper
 14 7/8 x 10 in. (37.8 x 25.4 cm)
 Literature

 Collections This Print
 The University of Tokyo: Meiji Sinbun Zasshi Bunko ID 13594
last revision:
3/8/2020
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