|Ogawa Jihei VII (1860-1933)|
Pulling a boat at KanayaSigned: -
Technique: colours on paper 24.2 x 32.8
Date: c. 1921
Mounting: decorated blue grey paper and beige silk
112 x 46.4
Condition: very good
This Tokaido scroll set was hand-painted in an edition by 18 members of the Tokyo Manga Association. The images are based on a trip probably made in 1920-1921 and the paintings must have been finished soon after.
Ogawa Jihei VII (小川治兵衛 Ogawa Jihei?, May 25, 1860 – December 2, 1933), also known under his titular name as the seventh Ueji (植治), was a Japanese garden architect of the Meiji era and Taisho era of modern Japan.
He was born Yamamoto Gennosuke and adopted into the Ogawa family at the age of 17 with his marriage to Ogawa Mitsu. After the sudden death of the sixth Ueji, he became seventh head of the family omly 19 years old. Ueji is a name (title) that was given to the heads of the Ogawa family, who since generations were specialised in gardening and landscape architecture for clients around Kyoto. Euji is still the name of the company which is led by the family today.
Ueji grew up in a time when the country was rapidly changing and leaving the Edo period behind to westernise. In this uncertain time he was given the commission by statesman Yamigata Aritomo, an important figure in the political and military fields, to create the garden for his Murin-an villa in Kyoto. It was built from 1894-1898. The garden is considered one of the masterpieces of Japanese landscape architecture and has been registered by the government as an Important Cultural Property.
Another noted creation of his are the gardens of the Heian Shrine.
Berry 2001p. 165