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Chô Gesshô (1772-1832) & Niwa Hankanshi (1773-1841)
Signed: Gesshô & Hankanshi sai
Seals: Gesshô Genkei, Niwa Saitan, Shiben & Chô .. senshu
Technique: colours on silk 97,8 x 35,7
Mounting: light blue satin damask
black lacquered rollers, 186,5 x 52,2
Condition: fine

Gesshô was born in Hikone, Ômi Province as the son of a scroll mounter.
Before moving to Nagoya Gesshô studied in Kyoto with Go Shun and Tanke Gessen (1721-1809). When after a number of visits in 1798 he finally went to Nagoya to settle there, Rosetsu (1754-1799) came with him. Once in Nagoya he became a leading artist with Yokoi Kinkoku (1761-1832) and Yamamoto Baiitsu (1783-1856) among his pupils. As a poet and a haiga painter he was involved in several haiga and kyôka anthologies.
Bunchô appreciated Gesshô's work and suggested that he move to Edo, but Gesshô, who was quite comfortable in Nagoya, decided to stay.

Roberts p. 32
Araki p. 327
Hillier '74 pp. 170-181
Fister '83, Kinkoku pp. 33, 34, 38

Niwa Hankanshi was a Nagoya pupil of Niwa Kagen (1742-1786).