Artist: Keisai Eisen (渓斎英泉)

Print: The Night Lamp at Akiba (秋葉常夜燈)

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Dates: circa 1821,created
Dimensions: 30.0 in,15.0 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese color woodblock print

Signed: Keisai Eisen ga
Publisher: Uemura Yohei
(Marks 564 - seal 05-007)
Censor's seal: kiwame
Seal: Futakata (on rt. & lft. panels only)
Carver: Hori Takichi

Related links: Chiba City Museum of Art; National Museums of Scotland;

Physical description:

Bats flit in the sky, a lantern stands at the right with the inscription "Akiba All-night Lantern," the moonlight casts shadows on the ground where two puppies play. . . Apart from these skillful evocations of atmosphere, there is little to distract the eye from the three figures: a geisha on the right, who comes humming to herself with a songbook in her hand, the woman who waits for her leaning against the palanquin, and the young attendant who stands behind. This work from the Bunsei era is one of the most successful of Eisen's triptych's.


The publisher's seal appears not only on each individual panel, but also on the lantern hanging from the pole of the kago or palanquin resting on the ground.


Illustrated in color in 浮世絵師溪斎英泉, 千葉市美術館 (Keisai Eisen: Artist of the Floating World, Chiba City Museum, 2012, #23, p. 54.

And in color in 原色浮世絵大百科事典 (Genshoku Ukiyoe Daihyakka Jiten), vol. 5, p. 61.