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Nakajima Kahô (1866-1939)

Calligraphy practising book from 1924 with a glued in portrait of Tessai from 1900
Signed: Kenshô .. sha (portrait) Kenshô (cover)
Seals: Kenshô (on the cover)
Technique: sumi on paper in red paper cover 25 x 16,7
Date: 1900, March 3
Condition: very good

Portrait of Tomioka sensei in the evening of March 5 of Meiji 33, which is pasted in a book dated 1924 containing 66 double pages with kanji writings copied in Kahô’s characterc calligraphy style and three pages colophon

At the end of the book he closes with a waka by Kagawa Kageki (1768-1843), on growing older
老いにけり つひに心の おそ馬は むちうたれつる かひもなくして。景樹歌
Oinikeri/tsui ni kokoro no/oso'uma wa/muchi utaretsuru/kai mo nashiku shite.
To whip up the heart that worked as a horse, has no use after it has gotten old.

Kahô was born in Kyôto, son of the painter Nakajima Kayô († 1877), a pupil of Yokoyama Kazan (1784-1837). Kahô studied painting under Mori Kansai (1814-92) and calligraphy with his brother-in-law Tomioka Tessai (1836-1924), who was married to his sister Tatsu. Kahô also studied haiga works by Kikaku, Buson and Gekkei, from which he made his own unmistakable copies. He participated in a lot of exhibitions, including the World Exhibition in Chicago in 1893.

Oranda Jin 2012
Berry & Morioka ‘08 p. 285
Haiku & Haiga p. 195

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