Kinoshita Hironobu II 木下広信 二代 (1844-?)
Sources: A Dictionary of Japanese Artists: Painting, Sculpture, Ceramics, Prints, Lacquer, Laurance P. Roberts, Weatherhill, 1976, p. 44 and as footnoted and referenced below.
Little information is available in the literature about this Osaka artist. According to Roberts, Hironubo II, born Hirokuni (広国), was a pupil of Kinoshita Hironobu I (1826?-c. 1865) whose name he assumed. He used the gō Ashimi (芦水), Hakuhō (日峰), and Ryūtō (柳塘). He goes on to say that "his work received favorable mention at the Naikoku Kaiga Kyoshinkai (National Painting Competition) in 1884." It is reported that he was active until at least 1891.
According to the 1884 "Second Domestic Competitive Painting Exhibition Participant Profile" (第二回内国絵画共進会 出品人略譜), Kinoshita Hironobu II studied under Suzuki Hirosada (鈴木広貞), who may be the same person as the well-known and prolific Osaka artist Konishi Hirosada (act. c. 1847-1863), and later with Kōno Bairei 幸野楳嶺 (1844-1895), best known for his bird and flower paintings and prints (kachō-ga).
The artist's involvement in various nishiki-e newspapers in the Osaka and Kyoto regions is noted in the Japanese wiki entry under 絵新聞 (Nishiki-e-shinbun).1
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