Drawings by Kihô, Kawamura 琦鳳 河村
Kawamura Kihô had the fortune to be the pupil of Kawamura Bumpô (1779-1821), one of the leading Kyoto artists of the beginning of the 19th century. Though he was one year older than his teacher he also became his adopted son. In his famous book The Art of the Japanese Book Jack Hillier says: "Only Kihô can de said to have approached Bumpô's brushwork at its most individual" (op. cit., p. 696). At the same time, living in Bumpô's shadow has also resulted in Kihô's relative obscurity, in spite of his obvious excellence as a painter. He is know as a skilled painter of landscapes, figures and kachôga, as well as the author of two illustrated books, Kafuku Nimpitsu of 1807, and Kihô Gafu of 1827. Hillier also says: "his contributions to a number of gassaku [= joint paintings] are invariably of high quality" (op. cit. p. 698).