Colour woodblock print, from the rare set of six views of Osaka, oban yoko-e, A famous Place in Osaka: Selected Views of Mt. Tempo.
Signed Gogaku and red Go seal.
Fine impression, very good colour; trace of central vertical crease, otherwise very good condition. Full sheet, 250 x 383.
Another impression of this rare print is at the British Museum (Museum number 1952,1011,0.23)
Gakutei made several extended visits to Osaka. His most famous single-sheet prints are six views of the newly-constructed Mt. Tempo. These were also issued as a folding album with a preface dated 1834 and the title A famous Place in Osaka: Selected Views of Mt. Tempo. One of the publishers, Nishimuraya, was also responsible for Hokusai's series of Thirty-six Views of Mt. Fuji and there is a sense in which this is a miniature response to that set, just as Mt. Tempo was like a miniature Mt. Fuji.
Said to be a pupil of Tatsumi Shuei, Gakutei then studied with Hokkei and was strongly influenced by Hokusai. Gakutei's first illustrations to popular fiction appeared in 1815, and the following year the first of his surimono, in which genre he would become a leading designer during the 1820s and 30s. He was also an important author and illustrator of popular fiction. Gakutei made visits to the Osaka/Kyoto region in c. 1818-20 and 1831-2; in 1836 was living close to the Kamo River in Kyoto and in 1837-9 in Osaka. The most famous product of his time spent in Osaka is the folding colour-printed album Naniwa meisho Tenpozan shokei ichiran (Selected Views of Mt Tempo [Park], a Famous Place in Osaka), published in 1834.