Forrest/Nedela Collection:Japanese Manga

Series:          Illustrations of Sixty Years of History Since the Opening of the Country
                    (Nikuhitsu Manga:  Kaikoku Rokūjunen-shi zue)
                    (肉筆漫画) 開国六十年史図絵

Category:       Manga paintings

 

Various artists. Originally produced as a set of 50 Subjects of the paintings refer to historical people and events from the period 1868-1927
(the first sixty years of modern Japanese history).

The contents are as follows:

1. Change of the capital to Tokyo 遷都). Painted by Kitazawa RakutenPPainted by Kitazawa Rakutenainted by: Kitazawa Rakuten (北沢楽天) 

2. Telegraph and horse-drawn carriage (Denshin to basha 電信と馬車) Painted by Ushijima Issui

3. Rickshaw and postal service (Jinrikisha to yūbin 人力車と郵便) Painted by Maekawa Senpan
Painted by: Maekawa Senpan (前川千帆) 
4. Promulgation of the conscription law (Chōheirei happu 徴兵令発布)   Painted by Shimizu Taigakubo
Painted by: Shimizu Taigakubō (清水対岳坊) 
5. Cutting the topknot and abolition of wearing swords (Danpatsu haitō 断髪廃刀) Painted by Wada Kunibo
            Painted by: Wada Kunibō (和田邦坊) 
6. Inauguration of train service (Kisha kaitsū 汽車開通). P Painted by Shirota Shuichi

7. Split in the debate over the chastisement of Korea (Seikanron haretsu 征韓論  破裂)  Painted by Hosokibara Seiki

8. Seinan war (Seinan sensō 西南戦争). Hattori RyoeiPainted by: Hattori Ryōei (服部亮英) 

9. Opening of the first National Exhibition (Hajimete hakurankai hirakaru 初めて博   覧会開かる) Painted by Fujimoto Sekio
          Painted by: Fujimoto Sekio (藤本斥夫) 
10. Formation of the first cabinet government Painted by Kyoya Kinsuke. (Hajimete naikaku soshiki nar 初めて内閣組織なる). Painted by

11. Deer Cry Pavilion incident (Rokumeikan jiken 鹿鳴館事件) Painted by Moriyama Saburo
Painted by: Moriyama Saburō (森山三郎) 
12. Promulgation of the constitution Painted by Mori Kazan (Kenpō happu 憲法発布). PPainted byainted by Mori KazanPainted by: Mori       

13. The fashion for Oppekepe chanting (Oppekepe-bushi ryūkō オッペケペ節流 行) Painted by Miyao Shigeo
          Painted by: Miyao Shigeo (宮尾しげを) 
14. Revision of the foreign treaties (Jōyaku kaisei 條約改正) Painted by Moriyama Saburo
Painted by: Moriyama Saburō (森山三郎) 
15. Opening of the first Diet (Hajimete kokkai o hiraku 初めて国会を開く) Painted by Hozumi Totan
Painted by: Hozumi Tōten (保積稲天) 
16. The heyday of Kabuki theatre (Kabuki-geki zensei 歌舞伎劇全盛) Painted by Nagasaki Batten
Painted by: Nagasaki Batten (長崎抜天) 
17. Middle Captain Fukushima (Fukushima chūsa 福島中佐) Painted by Maekawa Senpan

18.Sino-Japanese war (Nisshin sensō 日清戦争). Painted by Kobayashi Katsumi

19. Perseverance and determination Painted by Ikebe Kin(Gashin shōtan 臥薪嘗胆). Painted byPainted by: Ikebe           Kin (池部鈞) 

20. Rule over Taiwan (Taiwan tōji 台湾統治). Painted byIkeda EijiP

21. Prof. Fukuzawa Yukichi (Fukuzawa Yukichi sensei 福沢諭吉先生), Change of the capital to Tokyo (Sento 遷都) Painted by Kitazawa Rakuten

.22. Great Tsunami in the Sanriku region (Sanriku daikaishō 三陸大海嘯)Painted byMizushima Niou
Painted by: Mizushima Niou (水島爾保布) 
23. The first strikes (Sutoraiki kaiso ストライキ開祖). [Painted by Kawamori Hisao. Writer Masaoka Shiki (Masaoka Shiki koji 正岡子規居士) 清水対岳坊 (1883 – 1970)

24. Right of foreigners to live in the interior (Naichi zakkyo 内地雑居) Painted by Kawamori Hisao
Painted by: Kawamori Hisao (河盛久夫) 
25. Formation of the Anglo-Japanese alliance (Nichi’ei dōmei naru 日英同盟成る) Painted by Wada Kunibo
          Painted by: Wada Kunibō (和田邦坊) 
26. Russo-Japanese war (Nichiro sensō 日露戦争) Painted by Hozumi TotenPPainted byPainted byainted by: Hozumi Tōten (保          積稲天) 

27. Heyday of sumo (Sumo zensei 相撲全盛). Painted by Fujimoto Sekio

28. Arson and demonstrations (Yakiuchi jiken 焼打事件) Painted by Ushijima Issui
Painted by: Ushijima Issui (牛島一水) 
29. Establishment of the Karafuto Agency (Karafuto-chō o oku 樺太廰を置く) Painted by Shirota Shuichi
Painted by: Shirota Shūichi (代田収一) 
30. Appearance of female actors (Joyū shutsugen 女優出現) Painted by Hattori Ryoei
Painted by: Hattori Ryōei (服部亮英) 
31. Union with Korea (Chōsen heigō 朝鮮併合), by阪本牙城 Painted by Sakamoto Gajo

32. Change to the Taishō era (Taishō kaigen 大正改元) Painted by Mizushima Niou
Painted by: Mizushima Niou (水島爾保布)
33. General Nogi Painted by Sakamoto Gajo (Nogi taishō 乃木将軍)  Painted byainted by: Sakamoto Gajō (阪本牙城)

34. Celebrating the coronation of the Taishō emperor (Taishō tennō go-sokui shukuga 大正天皇御即位祝賀) Painted by Miyao Shigeo. P Painted byainted by: Miyao Shigeo (宮尾しげを) 
35. Declaration of war on Germany (Doitsu ni sensen 独逸に宣戦), by Nagasaki Batten [ Professor Natsume Soseki (Natsume Soseki sensei 夏目漱石先生)  (1886-1948) – missing from this set]

36. Meiji shrine (Meiji jingū 明治神宮).  Painted by Mori Kazan

37. Womens’ rights (Josei no kakusei 女性の覚醒) Painted by Kobayashi Katume. Painted by: Kobayashi           Katsumi (小林克巳) 

38. Age of the nouveau riche (Narikin jidai 成金時代) Painted by Kyoya Kinsuke.  Painted byPainted by: Kyōya Kinsuke      

39. Growing awareness of workers (Rōdōsha no jikaku 労働者の自覚) Painted by Ikeda Eiji
          Painted by: Ikeda Eiji 池田永治 
40. Nikolayevsk Incident (Nikō jiken 尼港事件) Painted byNakajima Rokuro. P Painted byainted by: Nakajima Rokurō (中          島六郎) 
Calligrapher: Nakamura Fusetsu (中村不折) 
41. The commoner prime minister (Heimin shushō 平民宰相) Painted by Ikebe Kin.

42. The rise of sports (Supōtsu ryūsei スポーツ隆盛)  Painted by Morishima Naoza
Painted by: Morishima Naozō (森島直造 ) 
43. Great Kantō earthquake (Kantō dai shinsai 関東大震災)  Painted by Tanaka Hisara
Painted by: Tanaka Hisara (田中比左良) 
44. The age of airplanes (Hikōki jidai 飛行機時代) Painted byTanaka Hisara. Painted by: Tanaka Hisara (田          中比左) 

45. Radio and movies (Rajio to katsudō ラヂオと活動)  Painted by Morishima Naoza
Painted by: Morishima Naozō (森島直造) 
46. Promulgation of universal suffrage law (Futsū senkyōhō happu 普通選挙法発     Painted by Nakajima Rokuro      布)
Painted by: Nakajima Rokurō (中島六郎) 
47. Approval of one yen taxis (Ichi’en takushii bakko 一圓タクシー跋扈)  Painted by Hosokibara Seiki
Painted by: Hosokibara Seiki (細木原青起) 
48.   Flapper (Modan gaaru 毛断蛙) Painted byOkamoto Ippei. Painted by: Okamoto Ippei (岡本一平) 

This set of manga paintings was created in 1927, looking back at sixty years since the Meiji Restoration of 1868. Events commemorated are a mixture of international, national and social developments, emphasising Japan’s foreign victories and colonial ambitions, also featuring the technological monikers of modernisation such as the telegraph, railways, airplanes and radio. The style is loose and abbreviated in the manga style and the tone generally comic but sometimes surprisingly sober.
The paintings were originally created by a group of 25 manga artists, some of them major figures, with two paintings done by each artist. They were sold and distributed by subscription (including postal subscription) at a price of sixty yen for the set. It is not recorded how many sets were created. A photocopy of the original explanatory booklet includes two photos: the first shows the group of artists meeting at Chūō Bijutsu Kyōkai on 12 September 1927 to discuss the project; and the second, taken a week later on 19 September, shows them standing around a table looking at the piles of finished paintings. The booklet also has much more detailed printed descriptions than the table of contents, a kind of historical narrative celebrating in an upbeat way the modernisation of the country.
Manga have always been firmly rooted in the popular life of Japan and it is fascinating here to see them mobilised to present such a meta-narrative of the modernising of the nation. Six months later, a similar project was apparently organised to produce Manga Paintings: Illustrations of Two Thousand Five Hundred Years of History Since the Founding of the Country (Nikuhitsu manga: Kenkoku nisen gohyakunen-shi zue) – another set of fifty manga paintings by a similar group of artists, also organised and distributed by Chūō Bijutsu Kyōkai. This extends the rhetoric of the current series in an even more nationalistic direction.
Two of the original paintings--the portraits of writers Masaoka Shiki and Natsume Soseki--are missing from this group of what was originally planned as fifty works, but the album gives no evidence that these paintings were removed. (T. Clark 10/2015, The British Museum)
Collections : The Honolulu (Hawaii) Museum of Art   
                    The British Museum

 

 

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Series: Illustrations of Sixty Years of History Since the Opening of the Country

(Nikuhitsu Manga:  Kaikoku Rokūjunen-shi zue)
(肉筆漫画) 開国六十年史図絵

Category:Manga paintings

Accession Number: DFJN2019M02

Title (Original):遷都
Title: Sento
Translated title:No. 01. Change of the Capital to Tokyo, 1868

Artist (Original):(北沢楽天)
Artist:  Kitazawa Rakuten (1876-1955)
Medium: ink and colour on paper
Signature:             
Seal:                     
Publisher (Original):       
Publisher:  Chuo Bijutsu Kyokai
Publication Date:1927

Acquisition Date:   29 December 2019
Country of origin:  Japan
Size: 32.1 x 43.4 cm (cover)

         
Condition:  Very good.  Excellent colour and detail. Painted on paper mounted on thin artist’s stock. A few spots or marks, and creases at edges.

Series: Illustrations of Sixty Years of History Since the Opening of the Countr

 (Nikuhitsu Manga:  Kaikoku Rokūjunen-shi zue)
   (肉筆漫画) 開国六十年史図絵

Category:Manga paintings

Accession Number:  DFJN2020M01

Title (Original):電信と馬車
Title:Denshin to basha
Translated title:  No. 02. Telegraph and horse-drawn carriage, 1869

Artist (Original):牛島一水
Artist: Ushijima Issui (1881 – ?)

Medium: ink and colour on paper
Signature:             
Seal:                     
Publisher (Original):       
Publisher: Chuo Bijutsu Kyokai
Publication Date: 1927

Acquisition Date:   10 January 2020
Country of origin:  Japan
Size:  32.1 x 43.4 cm (cover)
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Condition :    Very good.  Excellent colour and detail. Painted on paper mounted on thin artist’s stock. A few spots or marks, and creases at edges.

   
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Series: Illustrations of Sixty Years of History Since the Opening of the Country
          (Nikuhitsu Manga:  Kaikoku Rokūjunen-shi zue)
           (肉筆漫画) 開国六十年史図絵

Category:             Manga paintings

Accession Number :          DFJN2019M03

Title (Original):       人力車と郵便
Title:                     Jinrikisha to yūbin
Translated title:No. 03. Rickshaw and postal service (1870-1871)

Artist (Original):     前川千帆
Artist:     Maekawa Senpan  (1888-1960)
Calligrapher:           Matsumoto Kakudō (松本鶴堂) 
Medium: ink and colour on paper8
Signature:             
Seal:                     
Publisher (Original):       
Publisher:  Chuo Bijutsu Kyokai
Publication Date:1927

Acquisition Date:   29 December 2019
Country of origin:  Japan
Size: 32.1 x 43.4 cm (cover)

         
Condition:  Very good.  Excellent colour and detail. Painted on paper mounted on thin artist’s stock. A few spots or marks, and creases at edges.

Series: Illustrations of Sixty Years of History Since the Opening of the Country
(Nikuhitsu Manga:  Kaikoku Rokūjunen-shi zue)
(肉筆漫画) 開国六十年史図絵

Category:Manga paintings

Accession Number: DFJN2020M02

Title (Original):徴兵令発布
Title: Chōheirei happu
Translated title:No. 04. Promulgation of the conscription law, 1870

Artist (Original):清水対岳坊
Artist: Shimizu Taigakubō (1883 – 1970)

Medium: ink and colour on paper
Signature:             
Seal:                     
Publisher (Original):       
Publisher:  Chuo Bijutsu Kyokai
Publication Date: 1927

Acquisition Date:10 January 2020
Country of origin:  Japan
Size:  32.1 x 43.4 cm (cover)


Condition:    Very good.  Excellent colour and detail. Painted on paper mounted on thin artist’s stock. A few spots or marks, and creases at edges.

   
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Series: Illustrations of Sixty Years of History Since the Opening of the Country
(Nikuhitsu Manga:  Kaikoku Rokūjunen-shi zue)
 (肉筆漫画) 開国六十年史図絵

Category:Manga paintings

Accession Number:  DFJN2020M03

Title (Original):初めて博覧会開かる
Title: Hajimete hakurankai hirakaru
Translated title:     No. 09. Opening of the first National Exhibition, 1877

Artist (Original):藤本斥夫
Artist:  Fujimoto Sekio

Medium: ink and colour on paper
Signature:             
Seal:                     
Publisher (Original):       
Publisher: Chuo Bijutsu Kyokai
Publication Date: 1927

Acquisition Date: 10 January 2020
Country of origin:  Japan
Size:  32.1 x 43.4 cm (cover)

         
Condition:  Very good.  Excellent colour and detail. Painted on paper mounted on thin artist’s stock. A few spots or marks, and creases at edges.

Series: Illustrations of Sixty Years of History Since the Opening of the Country
(Nikuhitsu Manga:  Kaikoku Rokūjunen-shi zue)
(肉筆漫画) 開国六十年史図絵

Category:Manga paintings

Accession Number: DFJN2020M04

Title (Original): 初めて内閣組織なる
Title: Hajimete naikaku soshiki naru
Translated title:No. 10. Formation of the First Cabinet Government, 1885

Artist (Original):    京屋金介
Artist: Kyōya Kinsuke

Medium: ink and colour on paper
Signature:             
Seal:                     
Publisher (Original):       
Publisher: Chuo Bijutsu Kyokai
Publication Date:1927

Acquisition Date: 10 January 2020
Country of Origin: Japan
Size:  32.1 x 43.4 cm (cover)

         
Condition :    Very good.  Excellent colour and detail. Painted on paper mounted on thin artist’s stock. A few spots or marks, and creases at edges.

   
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Series: Illustrations of Sixty Years of History Since the Opening of the Country
          (Nikuhitsu Manga:  Kaikoku Rokūjunen-shi zue)
           (肉筆漫画) 開国六十年史図絵

Category:             Manga paintings

Accession Number:  DFJN2019M04

Title (Original):  條約改正
Title:                 Jōyaku kaisei
Translated title: No. 14. Revision of the Foreign Treaties (1889)

Artist (Original):     森山三郎
Artist:    Moriyama Saburō
Medium: ink and colour on paper
Signature:             
Seal:                     
Publisher (Original):       
Publisher:  Chuo Bijutsu Kyokai
Publication Date:1927

Acquisition Date:  29 December 2019
Country of origin:  Japan
Size: 32.1 x 43.4 cm (cover)

         
Condition:  Very good.  Excellent colour and detail. Painted on paper mounted on thin artist’s stock. A few spots or marks, and creases at edges.

Series:  Illustrations of Sixty Years of History Since the Opening of the Country
(Nikuhitsu Manga:  Kaikoku Rokūjunen-shi zue)
(肉筆漫画) 開国六十年史図絵

Category:Manga paintings

Accession Number:  DFJN2020M05

Title (Original): 初めて国会を開く
Title: Hajimete kokkai o hiraku
Translated title:No. 15. Opening of the first Diet, 1890

Artist (Original):保積稲天
Artist:   Hozumi Tōten

Medium:  ink and colour on paper
Signature:             
Seal:                     
Publisher (Original):       
Publisher: Chuo Bijutsu Kyokai
Publication Date:1927

Acquisition Date: 10 January 2020
Country of origin:  Japan
Size:  32.1 x 43.4 cm (cover)

Condition :    Very good.  Excellent colour and detail. Painted on paper mounted on thin artist’s stock. A few spots or marks, and creases at edges.

   
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Series: Illustrations of Sixty Years of History Since the Opening of the Country
          (Nikuhitsu Manga:  Kaikoku Rokūjunen-shi zue)
           (肉筆漫画) 開国六十年史図絵

Category:             Manga paintings

 

Accession Number:  DFJN2019M01

Title (Original):       日清戦争
Title:                     Nisshin sensō
Translated title:     No. 18. Sino-Japanese War (1894-1895)

Artist (Original):    (小林克巳)
Artist:                    Kobayashi Katsumi
Medium: ink and colour on paper
Signature:             
Seal:                     
Publisher (Original):       
Publisher:  Chuo Bijutsu Kyokai
Publication Date:1927

Acquisition Date:   29 December 2019
Country of origin:  Japan
Size: 32.1 x 43.4 cm (cover)

         
Condition:  Very good.  Excellent colour and detail. Painted on paper mounted on thin artist’s stock. A few spots or marks, and creases at edges.

Series: Illustrations of Sixty Years of History Since the Opening of the Country
          (Nikuhitsu Manga:  Kaikoku Rokūjunen-shi zue)
           (肉筆漫画) 開国六十年史図絵

Category:             Manga paintings

 

Accession Number:  DFJN2019M05

Title (Original):       ストライキ開祖
Title:                     Sutoraiki kaiso
Translated title:     No. 23. The First Strikes, 1898

Artist (Original):    河盛久
Artist:                    Kawamori Hisao (1898 – 1968)
Writer:                   Masaoka Shiki (Masaoka Shiki koji 正岡子規居士)
                              Painted by: Shimizu Taigakubō (清水対岳清水対岳坊 (1883 – 1970)

Medium: ink and colour on paper
Signature:             
Seal:                     
Publisher (Original):       
Publisher:  Chuo Bijutsu Kyokai
Publication Date:1927

Acquisition Date:   29 December 2019
Country of origin:  Japan
Size: 32.1 x 43.4 cm (cover)

         
Condition:  Very good.  Excellent colour and detail. Painted on paper mounted on thin artist’s stock. A few spots or marks, and creases at edges.

   
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Series: Illustrations of Sixty Years of History Since the Opening of the Country
          (Nikuhitsu Manga:  Kaikoku Rokūjunen-shi zue)
           (肉筆漫画) 開国六十年史図絵

Category:             Manga paintings

 

Accession Number: DFJN2019M06

Title (Original):       朝鮮併合
Title:                     Chōsen heigō
Translated title:     No. 31. Union with Korea, 1910

Artist (Original):    阪本牙
Artist :                  Sakamoto Gajō (1895 – 1973)

Medium: ink and colour on paper
Signature:             
Seal:                     
Publisher (Original):       
Publisher:  Chuo Bijutsu Kyokai
Publication Date:1927

Acquisition Date:   29 December 2019
Country of origin:  Japan
Size: 32.1 x 43.4 cm (cover)

         
Condition:  Very good.  Excellent colour and detail. Painted on paper mounted on thin artist’s stock. A few spots or marks, and creases at edges.

 

   
   
   
   
   
   
   
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