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Eisho (fl. 1790 - 1799)

Rinzan of the Akatsutaya

Medium: Woodblock Print
Date: c. 1795
Size (H x W): 15.25 x 10.5 (inches)
Provenance: Hans Popper Collection
Signature: Chokosai Eisho ga
Condition: Very good color and impression, light soiling and wear, repaired wormage, restoration on left edge and the figure's right forearm, text in signature and cartouche restored, partial backing on reverse.


About the artist

Eisho Chokosai, also known as Shoeido, was a ukiyo-e artist and the most prominent student of Eishi. Eisho produced at least twenty print series with the majority of his work appearing between c.1792 and c.1799. With such a high volume of pieces, Eisho was thought to be in competition with Utamaro. He specialized in courtesans and the depiction of the Yoshiwara, Edo's legal brothel district. He also produced a few shunga (erotic prints) books.