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Mihata Jôryû (act 1830-43) & Kamo Suetaka (1752-1842)
Shijô
Plum branches
Signed: Jôryû, Bijuô Suetaka
Seals: Jôjo Shinshin
Technique: sumi and a touch of colour on paper 120,4 x 27,4
Date: c. 1840
Mounting: chequered fabric and blue silk
ivory rollers, 201,5 x 30
Condition: very good

花といふ花に後れてはなという花に先立花□□はな
Hana to iu/hana ni okurete/hana to iu/hana ni sakidachi/hana hana

A waka, about the flowering competion between the cherry and the plum. The plum wins.

Jôryû, a unique figure in Kansai art circles, was a native of Kyoto. He studied with Okamoto Toyohiko (1773-1845). He was specialized in bijinga of voluptuous women.

Reference:
Ota 1993 p. 70 (## 49-54)
Roberts p. 62
Araki p. 194

Suetaka was a Shinto priest at Kamo in Kyoto. In his younger days he had studied poetry under Tachibana Chikage in Edo. He was closely associated with many of the poets and artists in Kyoto and Osaka during the early nineteenth century. He contributed many prefaces and other literary embellishments to the Ehon and other books published at that time.

Reference
Araki p. 1193

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