Nakabayashi Chikuto | Letter
Chikuto replies to a letter from his former student Imaoji Yuzan who appartently wanted to know how much Chikuto would ask for writing a certificate. As if to pass on quickly to other topics Chikuto’s answer is surprisingly sharp and short. “I have read your letter. I am glad that you are well. And for brief certificates, I ask two silvers.
The mulberry paper vom Hyuga it is quite well done, and I would go out (to celebrate Tanabata) - But I can’t. I write this letter instead.
As for the trip to Mount Fuji. This summer has been exhausting because of the heat. This time I shall not join in. However, I would love to see you some day. I think about quitting to paint. Therefore, I do not take new orders anymore.
As for the writings of Mr Iwabo*. If you could eventually come to show them to me, I would like to see and borrow them if you gracefully allow.
For the time being, this is a reply to your letter. Please do not bother to reply.
July 7th, Sesho. As a reply to Mr Yuzan
[*Iwabo Hoin (1789-1848) lived in Shogoin, a Tendai Temple in Kyoto as a lay priest and amateur poet. - Imaoji Yuzan was a secular monk too living in the same temple.]
Nakabayashi Chikuto (1776-1853)
Letter to Imaoji Yuzan (1790-1849)
Ink on paper 16 x 42cm
Mounting 102 x 45cm