6383 A silk on paper kakemono (hanging scroll) painted with hamaguri (clam) and mussel shells.
Signed: Shunkyo-zu (painted by Shunkyo)
Label on the tomobako inscribed: Shunkyo hitsu kai no zu, Ryū Rikyō wo mosu. (Picture of shells, painted by Shunkyo, copied from the original by Ryū Rikyō (Yanagisawa Kien))
Japan Edo period 19th century
Scroll: H. 40¾” x W. 14½” (103.5cm x 37cm)
Painting: H. 7¾” x W. 10¾” (20cm x 25cm)
Matsuura Kanando (1771-1847), gō (art names) Shunkyo and Santō, was born in Awa (modern Tokushima Prefecture, Shikoku Island). His childhood names were Kamehachi, and later Azakichi. His given names: Isaburo, and Kanando, his formal given names: Ikei, and later Shigekichi. A Maruyama painter, he first studied painting under Mori Sosen (1747-1821) and later under Maruyama Ōkyo (1733-95), thus receiving his artistic name Shunkyo (“Kyo” from his master Ōkyo). He excelled at painting kachoga (birds and flowers) and figures, and was especially good at painting peacocks.