Artist: Katsukawa Shunchō (勝川春潮)

Print: Courtesans parading under lanterns: Nishikido (錦戸) of the Chōjiya, kamuro Kikuno (きくの) and Utano (うたの) in the right panel; Nanakoshi (七こし) of the Ōgiya (扇や), kamuro Mineno (みねの) and Takane (たかね) in the left panel - These are the center and right hand panels of a triptych

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Dates: created,circa 1785 - 1790
Dimensions: Overall dimensions

Signed: Shunchō ga (春潮画)
Artists seal: Chūrin
Publisher: Izumiya Ichibei (Marks 180 - seal 25-365)

Related links: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - the full triptych; Harvard Art Museums - same as left panel of Lyon Collection prints;

Physical description:

On the right the courtesan Nishikido of the green-house Chōjiya with her retinue and on the left Nanakoshi of Ōgiya. The centre and right sheets of a triptych executed in the restricted color palette of beni girai (red avoiding) of which Shunchō was the undisputed master.


"Beneath the signature is the seal of the artist, which reads "chūrin," an abbreviation of "Chūrinsha," a name occasionally employed by the artist." Quoted from a curatorial entry at the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College. (JSV)


Only the greens and yellows have maintained the essence of their coloring. The lovely lavenders and rose colors have either faded to a completely different color or to have faded away altogether. (JSV)


Illustrated in:

1) Black and white in Ukiyo-e Masterpieces in European Collection: Musées Royaux d'Art et d'Histoire, Brussels, vol. 9, Kodansha, 1989, #37, p. 174.

2) Ukiyo-e Taikei, vol 4, #241,2 and 3.