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Biography
Sadanobu     
Sadanobu signature
Japanese Characters:
   
Names:
Yûchô; Sadanobu; Hasegawa Sadanobu (see signature at left); Tokubei (in 1841); Gosôtei; Nansô; Sekkaen; Konishi Sadanobu; Kinkadô Sadanobu; Rankô (as a jôruri singer)
   
Dates:
1809-1879; active 1834-1879
   
Seals:
Nansôrô; Fujinoyama; Hasegawa; teapot within a circle (Tokubei(?) See large seal at left); Sadanobu (see small detail below); Shintenô
Comments:

sadanobu sealSurname Hasegawa; personal names Naraya Bunkichi and Naraya Tokubei; first a pupil of the Shijô painter Ueda Kôchô, later of the Edo artist Utagawa Kunisada, and Shigeharu and Sadamasu [Kunimasu] in Osaka; address in Osaka Andôjimachi Naniwabachisuji and Horie Ichinogawa; adopted briefly by the publisher Tenmaya Kihei (taking the personal name Senzô); also closely linked with Hirosada, but apparently not as a pupil.

A prolific artist by the 1840s; beside theatrical portraits, he later designed kachô-e and fûkei-ga (including small-format copies of designs by the Edo artist Hiroshige).

Pupils included Sadamasa; Sadaharu; Nobuhiro; Konobu I; Konobu II.

* Note on the Konobu geimei: Beginning with Sadanobu II, artists of the Hasegawa lineage all began their careers with the geimei Konobu, as follows:

  • Sadanobu II started as Konobu I, working in a style much like his father, Sadanobu I.
  • Konobu II, younger brother of Konobu I, designed very few works and died in 1886 at age 20, never taking the Sadanobu geimei.
  • Sadanobu III (1881-1963) began as Konobu III, principally in the shin hanga manner.
  • Sadanobu IV (1914-1999), son of Sadanobu III, started as Konobu IV, continuing in the shin hanga-style.
  • Konobu V (born 1946), daughter of Sadanobu IV, worked as Konobu V until she ascended to the Sadanobu geimei.
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