Katsukawa Shuntei (勝川春亭) (artist 1770 – 1820)

Gibokuan ( - 戯墨庵)
Shōkōsai ( - 松高斎)
Shōkyūko ( - 勝汲壺)
Yamaguchi Chōjūrō (original family name - 山口長十郎)
Suihō Ijutsin ( - 酔放逸人)



Pupil of Katsukawa Shun'ei. Although the earliest authenticated work by him is an actor print (yakusha-e) in a style similar to Utagawa Kunimasa that is based on a performance in 9/1798 and issued by the publisher Tsuruya, it is not unrealistic to think that there are works predating this. In addition to yakusha-e, bijin fūzokuga [風俗画: genre images of customs and/or fashions of beautiful women, sometimes with an explicit or inferred erotic tinge], sumo-e, he designed many musha-e and, especially those that depict a broad panoramic view of battle spread across the triptych plane; these greatly expanded the world of musha-e and had an enormous impact on the later warrior prints of Utagawa Kuniyoshi. From c. 1805 to 1807 he designed Western-style landscape prints having unique compositions marked by low-horizon lines. He also produced numerous illustrations for gokan in the Bunka era (1804-18).


As an illustrator for book publishers

Shuntei supplied illustrations for Enomotoya Kichibei in 1801, 1805, 1807-08; Tsuruya Kiemon in 1802, 1812, 1815-1816 and 1819-20; Iwatoya Genpachi in 1804; Iwatoya Kisaburō in 1806, 1808 and 1819; Izumiya Ichibei in 1806 and 1810; Nishinomiya Shinroku in 1807; Tsutaya Jūzaburō in 1807; Murataya Jirōbei in 1807, 1810, 1813 and 1816; Maruya Bun'emon 1812, 1814-15, 1817 and 1820; Yamaguchiya Tōbei in 1814-16 and 1824; Yamamotoya Heikichi in 1821; Eisedō in 1821; Itō Yohei in 1822 and 1824 and Moriya Jihei in 1823.