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A Boy Who Likes to Fight from the series Little Child Pictures for Home Entertainment

Picture of Mitsui Group's Western-style Three Story House at Surugacho, Tokyo

Japanese Color Woodblock Print 

A Boy Who Likes to Fight 争闘を好む童男

from the series Little Child's Pictures for

Home Entertainment 

attributed to Utagawa Kuniteru II, 1873

Picture of Mitsui Group's Western-style Three Story House at Surugacho, Tokyo

IHL Cat. #2170

About This Print

From a set of twenty-eight educational prints issued in 1873 by the Ministry of Education (Monbushō) showing examples of children's good (moral) and bad behavior.  In this print a boy who has bloodied the head of another boy is taken in hand by a policeman. In the window above the bad boy sits a reading lamp and books, an indication of how he should better use his time.

Ministry of Education Full-Color Woodblock Prints
The newly formed Ministry of Education issued full-color woodblock prints for childhood education between 1873 and 1885.  In addition to prints issued by the Ministry, color woodblock educational prints were also issued by private publishers, such as those of the series Brocade Pictures for Moral Education (錦絵修身談 Nishiki-e shūshindan), a collaborative effort of the artist Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892), his students and the Tokyo publishing house Fukyūsha, issued in 1883 and 1884.

For more information on the color woodblock prints issued by the Ministry of Education see the article Educational Color Woodblock Prints (issued by the Ministry of Education) on this site.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog
 #2170
 Title or Description A Boy Who Likes to Fight 争闘を好む童男 Sōtō wo Konomu Warabe
 Series from a series of educational prints variously identified in English as Little Child's Pictures for Home Entertainment and Pedagogic Brocade Prints
 Artist Utagawa Kuniteru II (1830-1874) [attributed to the school of]
 Signature unsigned but attributed to 曜齋國輝 Yōsai Kuniteru (an artist name of Utagawa Kunteru II) by the National Diet Library; to 歌川, 国輝(2代目 1830-1874) Utagawa Kuniteru II by the University of Tsukuba Library and Utagawa Kuniteru II by the Honolulu Museum of Art
 Seal of the Artist none
 Publication Date
 1873
 Publisher
 
seal of the Ministry of Education reading 文部省製本所発行記 [published by the Ministry of Education (Monbushō 文部省)])
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition excellent - minor soiling; not backed; full or almost full margins
 Genre ukiyo-e; kyōiku nishikie [full-color educational prints]
 Miscellaneous   
 Format ōban
 H x W Paper 
 14 1/8 x 9 3/4 in. (35.9 x 24.8 cm)
 H x W Image 13 3/8 x 8 7/8 in. (34 x 22.5 cm)
 Literature 

 Collections This Print Tokyo Metropolitan Library 086-6(43)National Diet Library Call No. 本別9-25University of Tsukuba LibraryKumon Museum of Children's Ukiyo-e; Honolulu Museum of Art 31897.22; Edo-Tokyo Museum 93200895Digital Collections of Keio University Libraries George S.Bonn Collection Call. No. 656;National Institute of Japanese Literature; Smithsonian Libraries (part of bound volume) call number 39088019029404Tamagawa Academy & University A00002009
last revision:
11/28/2019 (created)
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