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Artist: Shunkōsai Hokushū (春好斎北洲)

Alternate names:
Hokushū (go - 北洲 - from 1818)
Sekkatei (go - 雪花亭)
Shōkōsai (go - 松好斎 - c. 1811)
Shunkō (go - 春好 - until 1818)

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Biography:

Ukiyo-e printmaker active ca 1808-1832. Owner of a paper store in Ōsaka; said to have been a pupil of Hokusai; known to have studied under Shōkōsai Hambei. All his prints associated with. Ōsaka; in his time the leading Ōsaka designer of actor prints, especially of the ōkubi-e head format, setting the style for such prints. Boldly drawn in a somewhat tight, formal style; good colorist, of great technical skill. Also illustrated many books, the earliest of which, History of the Forty-seven Rōnin, was published in Edo in 1808.

The above information is taken directly from Laurance P. Roberts.

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Hokushū's work appears in these collections: the British Museum; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Philadelphia Museum of Art; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Metropolitan Museum of Art; the Freer/Sackler Galleries; the Achenbach Foundation; the Chazen Museum of Art; the Brooklyn Museum of Art; Harvard; the Spencer Museum of Art; the Walters Art Museum; the Library of Congress; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the University of Michigan Museum of Art; the Minneapolis Institute of Art; the Cleveland Museum of Art; the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art; Drexel University; the Princeton Art Museum; the Museum für angewandte Kunst, Vienna; the Rijksmuseum; the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Art; the Hankyu Culture Foundation; Waseda University; the Tokyo Metropolitan Library; the University of Pittsburgh; Ritsumeikan University; the Japan Arts Council.

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The go name Hokushū was used from 1818 on.