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Uragami Shunkin (1779-1846)
Signed: sha Shunkin
Seals: Kisen Shunkin
Technique: sumi and a few colours on paper 128 x 28,6
Date: 1838
Mounting: dark blue damask 203 x 41,7
Condition: very good

Shunkin was born in Bizen, the eldest son and pupil of Uragami Gyokudō (1745-1820), a retainer of the Okayama Shinden Clan. Together with his father they left the clan in 1794 and for five years they traveled through Japan together. During his stay in Osaka he became well acqainted with Kimura Kenkado (1736-1802), sake brewer, bunjin, and collector. This collection became of importance for Shunkin’s kachô paintings. He settled in Kyoto in 1799. Shunkin joined the conservative bunjin group around Rai San'yô (1780-1832) and Shinozaki Shōchiku (1781-1851). At times he collaborated with Yamamoto Baiitsu (1783-1856). His paintings show influences from the Maruyama School as well from Nagasaki kachōga, flower and bird painting.

Fukushima ’94 p. 61-83
Berry & Morioka ’08 p. 309
Rosenfield B.101
Hempel p. 170 (# 16)
Roberts p. 156
Araki p. 1301