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Young Boys' Rough Behavior 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 

Young Boys' Rough Behavior 粗暴の童男

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. #2058

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 two children are harassing a horse, pulling its tail and hitting it with a switch, while an adult witnesses their bad behavior which he is sure to report to their parents. 

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
 #2058
 Title or Description Young Boys' Rough Behavior 粗暴の童男 Sobō no 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
 published by the Ministry of Education (Monbushō 文部省)
 Impression good
 Colors good
 Condition fair - extensive soiling; album backing; toning; full margins
 Genre ukiyo-e; kyōiku nishikie [full-color educational prints]
 Miscellaneous   
 Format ōban
 H x W Paper 
 14 x 9 1/2 in. (35.3 x 24.1 cm)
 H x W Image 13 5/16 x 8 7/16 in. (33.8 x 21.4 cm)
 Literature 

 Collections This Print
 Tokyo Metropolitan Library 086-6(33); National Diet Library Call No. 本別9-25; University of Tsukuba Library; Kumon Museum of Children's Ukiyo-eHonolulu Museum of Art 31897.26; Edo-Tokyo Museum 93200904; Digital Collections of Keio University Libraries George S.Bonn Collection Call number 657; National Diet Library 1304834; Tamagawa Academy & University A0000247; National Institute of Japanese Literature; University of Tsukuba Library 粗暴の童男; Smithsonian Libraries (part of bound volume) call number 39088019029404
last revision:
11/28/2019
1/17/2019 (created)
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