Edo period, 18th-19th century Set of three hanging scrolls, ink, colors and gold on silk; each depicting a beauty, signed Teisai and sealed Hokuba ga in 36 7/8 x 13 7/8in (93.7 x 35.2cm)
Teisai Hokuba lived and worked in Tokyo. He was a skilled printmaker and painter first trained in the Kano style. He then came under the influence of Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849), becoming one his most well-known followers.
For other paintings by Hokuba of beauties in a boat and enjoying cherry blossoms see Yoshida Teruji, Nikuhitsu ukiyo-e (Ukiyo-e painting), vol. II (Tokyo: Kodansha, 1963), pl. 86; Kobayashi Tadashi, ed. Azabu bijutsu kogeikan (Azabu Museum of Arts and Crafts), vol. VI Nikuhitsu ukiyo-e taikan (Tokyo: Kodansha, 1965), pl. 64.