Chiyoda Outer Palace - Following his successful "Chiyoda Inner Palace" series, Chikanobu designed a second triptych series first published in 1897 illustrating the "Chiyoda Outer Palace" (Chiyoda no on-omote), the domain of the shogun and his retainers at Edo Castle, also known as Chiyoda Castle. The men are depicted taking part in sporting and hunting activities, martial arts, annual ceremonies, and traditional rituals. The Outer Palace series was smaller than the Inner Palace series, with 32 triptychs instead of 40, and these designs are seen much less often. Chikanobu's characteristic attention to detail highlights the clothing and accessories worn by the samurai, as well as the indoor and outdoor settings. Many designs include deluxe printing techniques such and embossing and burnishing. The handsome "Chiyoda Outer Palace" series provides a wonderful look at life inside the Shogun's castle prior to the Meiji Restoration.
Fishing at Kameido Tenjin Shrine, 1897 - Terrific scene of noblemen fishing from the bank at Kameido Tenjin Shrine. One man sits on a folding stool while the other kneels on the ground, a sword bearer and attendants waiting patiently nearby. The walkway behind them is festooned with wisteria vines covered in delicate purple blossoms. A beautiful landscape view with fine bokashi shading.
Artist - Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Image Size - 13 7/8" x 27 7/8"
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Three separate panels. A few wormholes, thinning spot, repaired. Slight toning, a few spots and creases. Please see photos for details.