Utagawa Yoshiiku (歌川芳幾) (artist mid 1830s - early 1900s)

Chōkarō ( - 朝霞楼)
Ikkeisai ( - 一恵斎)
Ikujirō (nickname - 幾次郎)
Keiami ( - 蕙阿弥)
Keisai ( - 蕙斎)
Sairakusai ( - 洒落斎)
Ochiai (family name - 落合)

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Biography:

"Ukiyo-e printmaker, illustrator. Born in Edo, son of the proprietor of a teahouse in the Yoshiwara. Apprenticed to the owner of a pawnshop; soon left to become a pupil of Utagawa Kuniyoshi. After the Meiji Restoration became a popular and well-known newspaper illustrator, working in 1874 for the Tōkyō Nichi-nichi Shimbun as an illustrator and, in 1875, for the Tōkyō Eiri Shimbun as a cartoonist. His subjects included actors and bijin and, particularly, ghostly scenes, done in the exaggerated manner and harsh colors of the mid-19th century. Also, illustrated numerous books."

Quoted from: A Dictionary of Japanese Artists... by Laurance P. Roberts, p. 193.

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Sarah E. Thompson noted in Undercurrents in the Floating World: Censorship and Japanese Prints on page 88 that Yoshiiku was a "...cofounder of the Tokyo Nichinichi Shimbun (Tokyo Daily News, the predecessor of the Mainichi Shimbun, [and that he] designed a series of color prints by the same title. The first in teh series dated October 1874, shows "the murder of the chaste woman Sen by the lascivious priest Keizan"..."

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He died on February 6, 1904.

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