Monster Reforms Mayor, No. 8 from the Ōsaka Nichinichi Shinbunshi


 Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Monster Reforms Mayor,

No. 8 from the Ōsaka Nichinichi Shinbunshi

by Hasegawa Sadanobu II, c. 1875

Portrait of Saigō Takamori

IHL Cat. #1742

About This Print

Source: website of Waseda University Library

"The fearful-looking monster was in fact a good spirit. It made its appearance before a [Mr.] Nakayama, who was so captivated by a certain widow' s charms that he neglected his duties as the chief of a certain district in what is now Hyogo prefecture. The monster is shown trying to reform the man."

The red cartouche in the upper left hand corner provides the name of the paper 大阪日々新聞  (Ōsaka Nichinichi Shinbunshi) and the print number 第号 (8).

Following their introduction in Tokyo, nishiki-e shinbun made their appearance in Osaka.  The Osaka issued prints differed from their Tokyo counterparts in being half-size (chuban rather than oban size).

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.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog
 Title or Description Monster reforms mayor, number 8 第
 Newspaper Ōsaka Nichinichi Shinbunshi 大阪日々新聞紙 (Osaka Daily Newspaper)
 Artist Hasegawa Sadanobu II (1848-1940)
小信改二代 貞信画 Konobu the second changing to Sadanobu ga
 Seal not sealed
 Writer of Text
 文山人 記 Bun Sanjin
 Publication Date c. 1875
Fujiya Masashichi 富士屋政七 and Wataya Kihei 綿屋喜兵衛
A joint publication of 富士政板 [Fujimasa han, Marks pub. ref. 065 Fujiya Masashichi, seal not shown] and 綿喜板 [Wataki han, Marks. pub. ref. 579 Wataya Kihei, seal similar to 25-541]

 ?  Hori ?
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition good - not backed; trimmed to border; horizontal centerfold; rubbing in corners and along centerfold
 Genre ukiyo-enishiki-e shinbun
 Format vertical chuban
 H x W Paper 
 9 1/2 x 6 13/16 in. (24.1 x 17.3 cm) 
 H x W Image 

 Collections This Print
 University of Tokyo Meiji Sinbun Zasshi Bunko 13311;  Waseda University Library 文庫10 08068 0006
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