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Pilferer from the series Little Child's Pictures for Home Entertainment

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

Japanese Color Woodblock Print 

Pilferer 小盗みする者

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. #617

About This Print

The twenty-third of twenty-eight prints contained in a bound volume of educational prints issued in 1873 by the Ministry of Education (Monbushō) which show examples of good and bad behavior.  In this print a child steals a small item from a napping vendor; an example of bad behavior that will not go unpunished by the looming figure behind the screen above and to the right of the little thief. 

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
 Title or Description  Pilferer 小盗みする者
 Series  from a book of educational prints (Little Child's Pictures for Home Entertainment)
 Artist  Utagawa Kuniteru II (1830-1874) [attributed to]
 Signature  unsigned but attributed to 曜齋國輝 Yōsai Kuniteru by the National Diet Library and to 歌川, 国輝(2代目 1830-1874) Utagawa Kuniteru II by the University of Tsukuba Library
 Seal of the Artist  none
 Publication Date
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  fair - fading
 Condition  fair -  wrinkling, soiling, not backed, toning
 Genre  ukiyo-e; kyōiku nishikie [full-color educational prints]
 Format  oban
 H x W Paper 
 13 3/8 x 9 in. (33.4 x 22.9 cm)

 Collections This Print
 Tokyo Metropolitan Library 086-6-38; National Diet Library 本別9-25; University of Tsukuba Library; Kumon Museum of Children's Ukiyo-e; Honolulu Museum of Art 31897.27
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