Yuchūkan repairing the manners/world of men from the series Brocade Pictures for Moral Education

Japanese Color Woodblock Print 

Yuchūkan repairing the manners/world of men

(Volume 2, story 4, no. 4) from the series

Brocade Pictures for Moral Education

by Kobayashi Toshimitsu, 1883

 
IHL Cat. #429
 
title cartouche detail

About This Print

This print illustrates story number 4 (in volume 2 (巻 ) of the six volume textbook Brocade Pictures of Moral Education issued in 1883 and 1884 as primary school instructional texts. In this scene we see the great Taoist Zhang Yuchū (1361-1410), preaching to an attentive audience. Yuchu's writings "stress the compatibility of Taoism and Confucianism" and emphasize "the proper moral conduct of Taoist priests" who should serve as "effective models for the lay public."1

The Ninety-Two Print Series "Brocade Pictures of Moral Education"
In October 1883 a set of at least ninety full color oban-size prints, designed by students of Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892) were issued by the publisher Tsuji Keiji 辻敬之 and his publishing house Fukyūsha 普及舎 as supplements, or accompaniments, to the six volumes of instructional textbooks.  Many of the prints issued were based upon Yoshitoshi's black and white illustrations in the texts. Each of the full-color prints carries the same title as the textbooks, Brocade Prints for Moral Education (Nishiki-e shūshindan  錦絵修身談) and each print also references the volume number, story number and page number of the portion of the text it is illustrating.  

For more information on these prints and the textbooks, and pictures of all ninety-two prints, see the article Brocade Pictures for Moral Education.

For other prints in this series see Reform/rectify the ruler’s errors with tactful humor from the series Brocade Pictures for Moral Education and Yuchûkan repairing the manners/world of men from the series Brocade Pictures for Moral Education.

For more information see the article on this site Brocade Pictures for Moral Education.

Comparison of Yoshitoshi's original black and white illustration in Volume 2 and Toshimitsu's print

 

1 Taoism and the Arts of China, Stephen Little, Shawn Eichman, Art Institute of Chicago, 2000, p. 28.


Print Details

 IHL Catalog
 #429
 Title or Description  Yuchūkan repairing the manners/world of men, Number 4
 兪仲寛の仁一州の俗を風化す 四丁
 ゆちゅうかんのじんいっしゅうのぞくをふうかす
 Yuchū kan no jin isshiyū no zoku wo fūkasu
 Series Brocade Pictures for Moral Education, Volume 2, [story 4]
錦絵修身談 巻二 四
Nishiki-e shūshindan, maki ni, yo
 Artist  Kobayashi Toshimitsu (active 1876–1904)
 Signature
right column: 年重画 Toshishige ga ["ga" - drawn by]
left of right column: 年親・年参 校 Toshichika and Toshimitsu kō [kō - meaning unclear, but I interpret it to mean with the assistance of.]



artist names:
年重 Toshishige
富永年親 Tominaga
小林年参 Kobayashi Toshimitsu
 Artist's Seal  not sealed
 Publication Date  note: Dates normally appearing in the left margin do not appear on this print's left margin. The below information is taken from the Ritsumeikan ARC database's copy of the print:
明治十六年九月二十六日版権免許、同年十月出版、同廿一年十一月三日再版
 September 26, 1883 - license to publish
 October 1883 - publication
 November 3, 1888 - second edition
 
 Publisher  note: publishing information normally appearing in the left margin does not appear on this print's left margin. The below information is taken from the Ritsumeikan ARC database's copy of the print:
編輯兼出版人 東京下谷区練塀町十四番地 熊本県士族 辻敬之、発兌 同 普及舎
Tsuji Keiji 辻敬之 (editor and publisher) and his publishing house Fukyūsha 普及舎
 Impression  excellent
 Colors  excellent
 Condition  fair - soiling throughout, not backed
 Genre  ukiyo-e; kyōiku nishiki-e
 Miscellaneous
 Format  vertical  kyōiku nishiki-eban
 H x W Paper
 13 3/4 x 9 1/4 in. (34.9 x 23.5 cm)
 H x W Image
 13 1/8 x 8 1/2 in. (33.3 x 21.6 cm)
 Literature
 
 Collections This Print
 Ritsumeikan Art Research Center (ARC) AcNo. arcUP7483
last revision:
8/2/2019
1/28/2019
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