Tokyo School ivory fisherman delighted with his catch, signed in an oval reserve Nihon Tokyo Udagawa sei, Meiji Period.
UDAGAWA KAZUO 宇田川和雄 was listed as a member of the Tokyo Chōkōkai 東京彫工会 (Tokyo Sculptors’ Society) with his address at Shitaya-ku, Nicho-machi, 3-banchi, Tokyo. He was an artist from the second generation of the Tokyo School, and exhibited at the major exhibitions of his time:
The Naikoku Kangyo Hakurankai (Domestic Industrial Exhibition) in Meiji 23 (1890) and Meiji 36 (1903)
The Third National industrial Exhibition in Meiji 23
The Fifth National Industrial Exhibition in Osaka in Meiji 36, using his earlier name Udagawa Sutejiro 宇田川捨次郎, before adopting the name Kazuo 和雄.
He also exhibited at major overseas exhibitions, as Udagawa Kazuo including:
The Paris Great Exposition in 1900 award winning section 1, the St. Louis Exposition in 1904 award winning section,and in 1910 at the Japan-British Exhibition-Shepherd’s Bush, London also award winning section.
For examples of his work see the bronze “Farmer’s wife feeding a baby on the bench” in the collection of the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, exhibition catalogue ‘Japanese Decorative Arts of the Meiji Period’ by O. Impey & J. Seaman 2005, no. 32 pg.68.