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Naitô Tôho (1728-1788)
Seascape with scholars on the shore
Signed: Tôho
Seals: Seisan & .. ki uji Ono ga tô zoku
Technique: sumi and light blue on silk 105,2 x 32
Mounting: dark blue green silk and beige silk
185,5 x 43
Condition: fine

Although Tôho is known as a good Kanô style painter, this landscape though is really a mixture of styles and hard to fit in any school.

Tôho was born in Nagoya. He studied painting with Kano Sukenobu (Eisen’in II) (1730-90). From 1772 until 1788 he was a Confucian scholar in the service of the Lord of Owari. During this time Tôho wrote a famous book on this domain, the Chōshū zasshi (reprinted in 1975). During the Tenmei famine (1782-87) he donated his income to support the hungry population. Tôho was a friend of Yokoi Yayû (1702-83) who left many inscriptions on Tôho’s works.

Roberts p. 179
Araki 949
Haiku & Haiga p. 202

WAS: € 1.400,- ($ 1,540)