"I am so glad that the days have been mild recently. And I am very happy for your good health. Thank you for the beautiful Ikeda charcoal that you sent me the other day. Also, I am grateful for your consideration for me to bring us some duvets. As you know I hurt my lung and I stayed in bed for all winter. I had to abandon anything else than lying to cure. Therefore, I have not done your Spring landscape painting yet. The autumn one is also not yet completed. Moreover, I am so troubled to move my body at my will due to the long time I spent in bed. I will update you with my progress soon. Thank you again for your gift. 6th April, Tomioka Tessai. To Mr Hayashida Shozaburo
Letter by Tomioka Tessai addressed to Hayashida Shozaburo (1873-1955), a charcoal dealer from Ikeda, Osaka. Ikeda-zumi, charcoal from Ikeda was highly appreciated among tea people for its luxurious beauty and quality.
Tomioka Tessai (1836-1924)
Ink on paper
17 x 60 cm (6 ¾ x 23 ½ in.)
Mounting 108 x 63 cm (42 ½ x 24 ¾ in.)
With original envelope