Ryūkōsai Jokei

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Examples of the signatures of Ryūkōsai Jokei

Ryūkōsai Jokei (Japanese: 流光斎 如圭) was a painter, illustrator, and designer of ukiyo-e-style Japanese woodblock prints in Osaka, who was active from about 1777 to 1809. He was a student of Shitomi Kangetsu (1747–1797), who in turn was the son and pupil of Tsukioka Settei (1710–1786). Ryūkōsai is considered to be either the founder[1] or one of the founders[2] of the Osaka school of ukiyo-e. He is best known for his portraits of actors.[2] His prints are mostly in the hosoban format.

Pupils of Ryūkōsai include Shōkōsai Hanbei and Urakusai Nagahide.



  1. ^ Newland, 2005, p. 482
  2. ^ a b Roberts, 1976, p. 134


  • Keyes, Roger S. & Keiko Mizushima, The Theatrical World of Osaka Prints, Philadelphia, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1973, 238.
  • Lane, Richard. (1978). Images from the Floating World, The Japanese Print. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780192114471; OCLC 5246796
  • Newland, Amy Reigle. (2005). Hotei Encyclopedia of Japanese Woodblock Prints. Amsterdam: Hotei. ISBN 9789074822657; OCLC 61666175
  • Roberts, Laurance P. (1976). A Dictionary of Japanese Artists. New York: Weatherhill. ISBN 9780834801134; OCLC 2005932