these woodblock delineations of hawk preparing originated from a mid-1860s collection called 'Ehon Taka Kagami' (~The Delineated Reflection of Falconry)
"Kawanabe Kyôsai (Gyôsai) (1831-89) was a Kano painter, printmaker, and artist, the child of a Samurai. At six years old he entered the studio of Utagawa Kuniyoshi^, and from the age of nine turned into an understudy of the scholarly Kano school, concentrate under Maemura Towa and afterward Tohaku Chinshin, who gave him the name "Toiku". He displayed at the Vienna Global Article in 1873, and at the first and second Paris Japanese Workmanship Presentations of 1883 and 1884. In the early years of the Meiji period (1868-1912) he achieved impressive prevalence with his political personifications, for which he was captured and detained in 1870. His well known 'Kyosai Gadan' (1887), an endeavor to demonstrate an assortment of conventional Japanese and Chinese painting styles, was broadly refreshing in Europe, and was issued with English subtitles for the fare showcase.
This work is the most far reaching single monograph given to Japanese falconry at any point distributed in the nineteenth century or in earlier periods. Gyôsai's radiant masterful expertise and strong capacity to catch the pith and feel of genuine and live Japanese falconry still can't seem to be outperformed in woodcut media. The use of mica tidy is presently an under-appreciated skill, and never done. The work traces the antiquated techniques and culture of the hawk. This work records the remainder of the old falconry techniques for care, raising and preparing, again an underappreciated skill in Japan.