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Hashimoto Chikanobu

Japanese, 1838-1912

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print designer


Hashimoto Chikanobu was both an artist and a samurai. His family had been hereditary retainers to the Sakakibara daimyō, loyal adherents to the Tokugawa rulers. In the 1868 civil war between the shogunate and advocates of imperial restoration, Chikanobu fought on the Tokugawa side--the side that lost. Although he would go on to make his reputation as a chronicler of the events of the Meiji period, from wars and industrial expositions to the new leisure activities of the bourgeoisie, Chikanobu's heart belonged to the old ways. His sympathies for Tokugawa rule are suggested by the lavish attention he devoted to two print series from the late 1890s, when he was at the peak of his career: Chiyoda no on omote and Chiyoda no ōoku, which take as their subject the outer (publish and masculine) and inner (private and feminine) compounds of the Tokugawa palace



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