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36. Nakajima Raishô (1796-1871)
Signed: Raishô sei
Seals: Shima Raishô in, Shikei uji
Technique: sumi on paper 134,3 x 41,4
Mounting: green damask
wooden rollers, 207,5 x 52,7
Condition: somewhat creased, otherwise very good

Raisho was born in Ôtsu and he was a pupil of the influential Nangaku and later of Maruyama Ôzui (1766-1829). He was an important painter, who attracted equally important students like Konô Bairei (1844-1895) and Kawabata Gyokushô (1842-1913). On January 17th 1868 the art organization the Joun-sha was founded, with Raishô as their oldest core member.

With Yokoyama Kazan (1784-1837), Shiokawa Bunrin (1801-1877) and Kishi Renzan (1805-1859), Raishô was considered one of the four great masters of Kyoto at the end of the Edo period.

Roberts p. 127
Araki p. 1203
Kyoto '98 p. 288
Hillier pp. 332-335