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Nakayama Sugakudo


Nakayama Sugakudo was a mid 19th century ukiyo-e artist and a pupil of the Utagawa master Hiroshige (1797-1858), who dominated landscape printmaking in the 1840s and 1850s. Although the exact dates of his birth and death are unknown, his work flourished between 1850 and 1861.

He is best known for his kacho-e (bird and flower prints), particularly his series Exact Reproductions of 48 Birds (1858) and also Birds and Flowers of the Four Seasons (1861). His designs are acclaimed for their realistic rendering of the natural world, delicacy of colour, fine embossing and high technical quality.