Artist: Chōkyōsai Eiri (鳥橋斎栄里)

Alternate names:
Hosoda (possibly his family name - 細田)
Rekisentei (go - 礫川亭)
Shikyūsai (go - 鳲鳩斎)

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Chōkyōsai Eiri (fl. 1790s) is another notable artist in the Eishi manner, famed for his rare portraits and sumptuous shunga, which are sometimes confused with the work of Eishō. His figures are characterized by a solid, worldly charm and are rather more humanized than those of his contemporaries other than Chōki.

Laurance Roberts lists four different sets of kanji characters as reading 'Eiri': 栄里, 永理, 永艃 and 永梨.


"Chōkyōsai Eiri made very few prints... [but which] include notable okubi-e (large head) images of famous beauties of the Yoshiwara, as well as... okubi-e portraits of luminaries of the floating world: the poet and writer Santō Kyōden and the noted chanter and reciter Tomimoto Buzendayū II. These two portraits alone, in realistic style and set against dark mica grounds, mark Eiri as an artist of the first rank.

There is some confusion as to whether Chōkyōsai Eiri and Rekisentei Eiri, another pupil of Eishi are one and the same person. Their styles are somewhat similar, and it may that the works signed Chōkyōsai Eiri or Eiri represent the early work of this slightly later artist. The signatures employ different characters for Ei. Some scholars believe them to be different artists. Both produced book illustrations, paintings, and separate prints in the Eishi style, and both, at their best, compare favorably with that master's cool and sophisticated manner."

The above information was provided by Sebastian Izzard LLC. Asian Art in March 2018.