Kansai was born in Hagi of Nagato Province as a son of Ishida Dennai, samurai of Choshu
His given name was Kokichi.
His pen names are Tokei, Kansai, Banzan, Zokeshitsu and the others.
At first, Kansai studied painting under Ohta Denryu, the official painter of Choshu clan.
In 1831, he went to Osaka and became a pupil of Mori Tetsuzan (the Maruyama school).
Later, Kansai became the adopted child of Mori Tetsuzan.
When Kansai was 25 years old, he went to Kyoto.
Until the Meiji Restoration in 1868, he participated in national affairs and interacted with loyal supporters of the Emperor.
After the Restoration, Kansai went back to the painting world.
Kansai won many prizes at the several exhibitions.
Highest Value = US$78 thousand
This is large scroll.
There are stains at the top part of the mounting.
A small hole and slight tears on the mounting are also found.
There are some spots, stains and folds on the painting part.
The texture at the back side is a little torn, though, it can not be seen.
As a whole, the condition of this scroll is not so bad.
Japanese peony (Botan) flowers and leaves, butterflies and dogs are painted well.
Please note that this scroll is not authenticated by any appraiser.