A plum by Yumei Sosho of Sokokuji temple timidly opens its blossoms under a brief epithet by Taishitsu Sosho of Daitokuji temple. A rare gassaku work by these two priests. Ink on paper in original border, ivory rollers dated 1808. The ivory rollers will be replaced if shipping overseas. The scroll is 12 x 71 inches (31 x 180 cm). Overall it is in fine condition considering the age, however does cup some in the center and there are some marks mostly visible in the upper and lower borders. For copies of Taishitsu Seals see Daitokuji Rekidai Bokuseki Volume 3.
Taishitsu Sosho (1763-1847) served as head priest of Daitokuji Temple in Kyoto, the city of his birth. He entered the priesthood at the age of six when he studied under Unkei at Daitokuji, and studied calligraphy under Nagata Kansho. He was famous for his knowledge and sensibility in the Way of Tea, incense, I-go and the courtly sport known as Kemari.
Yumei Sosho (1731-1808) was born in Wakasa in Gifu prefecture, and wandered as a youth from temple to temple before settling at Sokokuji in Kyoto. There he studied painting under Ito Jakuchu and other studies under Baiso. Later in life he chose a dilapidated temple to rebuild and spend his waning years, but the same year was appointed the 115th head of Sokokuji. He was well remembered for his paintings of plums and birds.