Flowers of Edo, the Master of Kyôbashi (Edo no hana Kyôbashi natori): Portrait of Santô Kyôden (Kitao Masanobu)

江戸花京橋名取 山東京伝

Edo period
about 1795 (Kansei 7)
Artist Rekisentei Eiri (Japanese, active about 1781–1818)

Catalogue Raisonné

Jenkins et al, The Floating World Revisited (1993), #III-7; Ukiyo-e shûka 8 (1980), Eiri list, #4.2; Ukiyo-e taikei 6 (1975), #55; Brandt, Hosoda Eishi (1977), fig. 471, list no. B2; TNM Ukiyo-e cat. 2 (1962), #2322


Vertical ôban; 39 x 25.7 cm (15 3/8 x 10 1/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings



One of a set of two special prints possibly inspired by Sharaku’s bust portraits of actors; the other print, not in the MFA, shows the famous chanter Tomimoto Buzendayû.
This impression lacks the title and signature that appear in the upper right corner of some other known impressions. It is uncertain whether they rubbed off accidentally, together with the top layer of mica on the background, or whether this impression is from an edition never had them in the first place.


(this impression unsigned; Eiri ga on others)


June 1913, purchased by William S. and John T. Spaulding from Sumitomo collection; December 1, 1921, given by William S. and John T. Spaulding to the Museum.

Credit Line

William S. and John T. Spaulding Collection