Although Hara Zaichu was not an unknown artist in his days he was far from being prominent. And there is no doubt that this painting would have been treasured by collectors both in Japan and in the West, because of the painting on the mounting by Tanomura Chokunyu. His wonderfully summery landscape painting as well as the poetic inscription makes it desirable today. – Amazing, unusual, and rare.
The painting is signed and inscribed by 72 years old Hara Zaichu. Thus this painting dates to 1823. In that year Tanomura Chokunyu was only nine years old but already studying painting with Tanomura Chikuden. 83 years later, at the age of 92 on an autumn day of September 1905 - Chokunyu sat down, diped his brush in ink and added what he had to add.
The inscription reads: This painting’s quiet ambience gives me the impression of both blue flower and autumn moon. - Seeing the site and knowing its name. On an autumn day of September, Gashin-do, 92 years old Chokunyu Dojin denchi.
Tanomura Chokunyu (1814-1907)
Hara Zaichu (1750-1837)
103.3 x 26.8 cm (40 1/2 x 10 1/2 in.)
Mounting 182 x 37 cm (71.5 x 14.5 in.)
Modern wooden box. The inscription on it is unrelated to the scroll.