The Burke Collection
Letter addressed to Itō Kakō (伊藤華岡; 1709–1776)
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Ike Taiga

(池大雅; 1723–1776)

Catalogue information

Edo period, 1759

Hanging scroll; ink on paper

23.7 x 34.1 cm (9 3/8 x 13 3/8 in.)

Donated to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York by the Mary and Jackson Burke Foundation in 2015

Ex Coll.: Okamoto Kōhei, Kanagawa Prefecture


Tanaka Ichimatsu et al. 1960, no. 798
Tanaka Ichimatsu, Yamanaka Rankei, and Kosugi Hōan [Tanaka Ichimatsu et al.]
[Editors]. Ike Taiga sakuhinshū (The works of Ike Taiga). 2 vols. Tokyo: Chūōkōron Bijutsu Shuppan.

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Shimizu and Rosenfeld 1984, no. 117
Shimizu, Yoshiaki, and John M. Rosenfield
Masters of Japanese Calligraphy, 8th–19th Century. Exh. cat. New York: Asia Society Galleries and Japan House Gallery.

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Fischer 2007, no. 76.
Fischer, Felice
With Kyoko Kinoshita. Ike Taiga and Tokuyama Gyokuran: Japanese Masters of the Brush. Exh. cat. Philadelphia: Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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Additional details


Congratulations Master Kakō on your continued health. I have been ill recently. The painting entitled “Kyūjo” [Nine Similarities] has been completed and I deeply apologize for taking so long. Dainen [Kan Tenju] has returned. Now that I finished this painting, I can begin a fan painting. Will be able to make one more fan painting as you request. Hope it makes you happy. / Sincerely yours, / On the eleventh day of the sixth month. / [P. S.] To Mrs. Itō Kakō, I will arrange Master Kakō’s trip to Kyoto.

[on verso] To Itō Kakō, great teacher, from Ikeno Shūhei, sincerely bowing before the jade bench.