Shigenobu (1787 - 1832)

Noble Archer

Medium: Woodblock Print
Date: c. 1830
Size (H x W): 8.25 x 7 (inches)
Seals: Yanagawa
Provenance: East Coast Estate (collected in early 1970's)
Signature: Toto Yanagawa Shigenobu sha
Condition: Very good color, good impression, soiling and wear, tape residue on reverse, backing, embellished with karazuri (blind printing) and metallic pigment.

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About the artist

Born in Yanagawa in 1787, Shigenobu worked as a puppet maker before his successful career as a ukiyo-e printmaker and book illustrator. A student of the great Hokusai, Shigenobu married his teacher’s daughter. Upon their marriage, Hokusai handed down his go (artist name) “Raito” to his new son-in-law. Shigenobu is known for his delicate surimono (lavishly printed, privately commissioned works), graceful beauties, and inviting landscapes.