Ichirakutai Eisui (一楽亭栄水) (artist )

Ichirakuksai (go - 一楽斎)
Hosoda Eisui (family name - 細田栄水)



Eisui Ichirakusai (active 1796 – 1823) was a pupil of Eishi Hosoda and produced skilled single sheet wood block prints as well as a number of book illustrations. His works are predominantly portraits of beautiful women which were of note for the very high technical standard of their production. Matthi Forrer noted in a 2012 issue of Andon that there are only 45 print designs known by Eisui.


In the entry on Hosoda Eishi in Ukiyo-e Paintings in the British Museum by Timothy Clark it says: "Almost thirty pupils of Eishi are recorded, the most prominent being Eisho, Eiri and Eisui, who are known for their colour prints of the 1790s showing bust portraits of famous courtesans."


There are examples of this artists works in these collections: the University of Utah; the Tokyo Metropolitan Library; the Tokyo National Museum; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Metropolitan Museum of Art; Museum für angewandte Kunst, Vienna; the Philadelphia Museum of Art; the Achenbach Foundation; the Chazen Museum of Art; the Art Institute of Chicago; the Harvard Museums; the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art; the Library of Congress; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the University of Michigan Museum of Art; the British Museum; the Rijksmuseum; the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Art; the Royal Ontario Museum; the California College of the Arts.

There are several volumes by Jippensha Ikku in the library of Waseda University that include single images by Eisui per volume. They are basically undistinguished.