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Scenes of the Chinese and Dutch quarter
NMHC_A2ha0065
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

The rich and vivid detail of these scrolls, especially that of each foreign residence, strongly suggests that the government ordered Yushi to draw them as the quarters could not be entered without official permission at that time. Not only being the important source of information but also being sophisticated in descriptive style, these scrolls are certainly one of the best witnesses of the overseas exchange in Japan during the “Sakoku (National Isolation)” period. Ryuji HIRAOKA and Kenji KUBO, curator, Nagasaki.

History of the Object
These beautiful scrolls were drawn in 1801 by a Nagasaki painter, Ishizaki Yushi (1768-1846). In one scroll, which is called the ‘Scroll of the Chinese residence’, the scenes of the Chinese trade are finely depicted: arrival of Chinese ships into Nagasaki port, unloading procedures, and the detailed sketch of “Tojin yashiki” (Chinese residence). The other one, called the ‘Scroll of the Dutch residence’, presents the Dutch trade in a similar style, along with the meticulous description of “Dejima”, an artificial small island where the Dutch lived. Being born the son of Araki Genyu (1728-94), an official connoisseur of Chinese painting in Nagasaki, and later adopted by his master Ishizaki Gentoku (1693-1770), Yushi has served for Nagasaki Bugyosho (the Japanese government in Nagasaki) for more than 60 years, not only as a connoisseur of Chinese painting but as an official painter of the government.

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Type
Drawing 
Materials
color on silk 
Measurements
42.5㎝ × 700.0㎝ 
Creator name
Yushi Ishizaki 
Creator date
1768-1846 
Where it was made
Japan; Nagasaki 
Geography
Japan 
Time period
AD 19th century ~ AD 19th century 
Creation date
19th century; 1801 
Function
 
Acquisition
According to a report by a Japanese antique connoisseur, Soua Kuwahara, these scrolls were purchased by a Swedish man “Ankaakuroona” (Anker Rona?) in 1883 at Hakodate, Japan. In 1911 in Stockholm Kuwahara was told the story by the purchaser, himself, who asked him to evaluate the scrolls. Kuwahara reports that the purchaser belonged to the French navy at that time. While stopping at the Hakodate port, he bought the scrolls from a Japanese antique dealer called “Hayashi” at the price of 30 yen, and kept them with him ever since. We have no trace of how they left his hands after the meeting in Stockholm, but they were later rediscovered in London and purchased by the Nagasaki prefecture in 2000 for the collection of Nagasaki prefectural Art Museum. Since 2005, they have been preserved in Nagasaki Museum of History and Culture. 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan 
Museum
Nagasaki Museum of History and Culture 
Credit line
Nagasaki Museum of History and Culture, Nagasaki, Japan 

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