Eisho Chokosai, Hashira-e, Courtesan with Attendant

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Artist: Eisho Chokosai (active c. 1794 - 1800)
Title: Courtesan with Attendant
Date: early 19th century
Size: 11.3 x 60.3 cm

Original Japanese woodblock print.

A young courtesan walks along with her apprentice, her obi being the centre focus. Courtesans were easily distinguishable by other women by the way they would tie their kimono belts: in front, as opposed to regular girls who would modestly tie theirs at the back. Details of Chokosai's life are unknown except that, along with Hosoda Eiri, he was a pupil of Hosoda Eishi. This artist produced only a few known paintings, but many prints specializing in okubi-e and bijinga. His designs are thought to be less idyllic and more robust than those by other woodblock print artists of the era.

Hashira-e, or pillar prints, is a narrow print format originally intended for decoration of the supporting pillars in traditional Japanese houses. The prints would have been pasted to the pillars and exposed to the elements of the Japanese household, making those that have survived very rare collectibles. While these more unusual sizes present their own challenges to the printing process, they also allow the artist to be experimental, imaginative, and innovative with the design’s compositional limitations.


Subjects range from the traditional portrayals of bijin (beautiful women), to legendary figures and heroes, to birds and flowers, in a limited space brimming with artistic imagination and expression.

Eisho Chokosai (act. 1794 - 1800)


In the genre of Japanese Art, Chokosai Eisho (Hosoda Eisho) was an Ukiyo-e print artist and painter. He was active from ca. 1780-1800, with his major output being between ca. 1792 - 1799. Details of his personal life are unknown except that, along with Hosoda Eiri, he was a pupil of Hosoda Eishi. This artist produced only a few known paintings, but many prints specializing in okubi-e and bijinga (beauty prints). His designs are thought to be less idyllic and more robust and lifelike than Eishi's.

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Print FormatHashira-e (Pillar Print)
ArtistEisho Chokosai (act. 1794 - 1800)
SubjectBeauty & Female
Size11.3 x 60.3 cm
Condition ReportHorizontal creases throughout. Some wear and soiling on the edges, small hole restored on the bottom panel.