Currently Documented Edition Signature and Seal Markings:
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This woodblock print was produced from an original painting on silk dating from the late 1920s whose current location is unknown.
The indentification of this design as number 82 is original to Rakusan who published the print as the 82nd design in his series of one hundred woodblock prints called 楽山花鳥畫譜, Rakuzan Kachou Gafu
, lit. 'Rakusan's Flower and Bird Print Series'.
Initial edition I publication of 82 was in September 1932 (or perhaps slightly later) in installment forty-one (of fifty).
Although additional edition I printings of 82 could have continued until mid 1933, the number of copies documented suggests that only the initial printing of two hundred copies represents the entirety of edition I.
The copy illustrated is typical of edition I, and no later edition copies of 82 are currently known.
Copies in Public Collections:
Edition I: Honolulu Museum of Art, Honolulu, HI, USA; (1938) 10995 [illustrated online].
Edition I: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, USA; (1951) 51.1750 [not illustrated online].
Japanese Emperor Oak (Daimyo Oak), Quercus dentata
, 槲, 柏, かしわ, カシワ, kashiwa
, lit. 'oak', is a common native tree.
The name is also used as one of several general names for oaks. In the Rakusan composition all of the leaves and branches are of this species.
King Cucumber (Snake Gourd), Trichosanthes cucumeroides, 烏瓜, からすうり, カラスウリ, karasu-uri, lit 'crow-gourd', is a common wild vine.
Here it is represented only with several strands of leafless gray vine and one red-orange fruit.
Rakusan does not mention this species in the title-caption.
Japanese Brown(-headed) Thrush, Turdus chrysolaus, 赤腹, あかはら, アカハラ, aka-hara, lit. 'red-belly', is a common Japanese native thrush.