In the 1880’s publishers took the earlier surimono designs and printed them in a number of small edition sets. They were sometimes sold to the early Western traveler to Japan and like the original surimono they were exquisitely printed with elaborate embellishments.
About the artist
Totoya Hokkei 北渓 lived in Edo, studying woodblock printmaking under Kano Yosen before becoming one of Katsushika Hokusai’s most accomplished students. Hokkei produced only a small number of single sheet prints during his career, proving to be more prolific in the field of illustrations accompanying satirical poems. His prints are featured in collections such as the Museum of Modern Art New York, the British Museum and Musee Guimet.
I've put some Japanese prints up on the wall, which give me enormous pleasure... - Vincent Van Gogh