Eiri (act. c. 1794 - 1796)

Tama River at Ide

Medium: Woodblock Print
Date: c. 1795
Size (H x W): 9.75 x 7 (inches)
Publisher: Izumiya Ichibei
Signature: Rekisentei Eiri
Condition: Very good color, impression and state, light wear.

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About the artist

Living in Edo, Eiri designed prints around the turn of the 19th century. Both a Japanese ukiyo-e printmaker and painter, this pupil of Eishi Hosoda produced elegant bijin-ga (pictures of beautiful women) and portraits. The tall, slender women portrayed in Eiri's work echo those of his teacher, while his bust portraits suggest the influence of Utamaro. Notably, the famous portrait of novelist Kyoden Santo has been attributed to Eiri under his go (artist name) Reikisentei. Some confusion exists between scholars whether to consider Eiri as three different men, one for each go - Chokyosai, Reikisentei, and Shikyusa, - or as Eiri Hosoda, one man using a variety of names.