Nobles Composing Poem on Shipboard or Rocks and Full Moon

Hokkei19th century

Hill-Stead Museum

Hill-Stead Museum
Farmington, United States

Born in Edo in 1780, Totoya Hokkei worked as a fishmonger prior to becoming an ukiyo-e artist. He studied Japanese painting under Kanō Yōsen’in Korenobu, the head of the Kobikichō branch of the Kanō school of painting. Later he became one of Katsushika Hokusai’s first and best-known students.

Hokkei's work is light and simple, and shows the influence of his master Hokusai. Hokkei was an individualistic and versatile artist who made use of a variety of approaches and worked in styles varying from those reminiscent of early ukiyo-e artist Hishikawa Moronobu to Western-tinged methods and subjects. In this piece, he illustrates an authentic depiction of the sea, including the rocky waves and jagged rocks.


  • Title: Nobles Composing Poem on Shipboard or Rocks and Full Moon
  • Creator: Hokkei
  • Creator Lifespan: 1780-1850
  • Creator Nationality: Japanese
  • Date Created: 19th century
  • Location Created: Japan
  • Physical Dimensions: L. 8 ⅜ in. (21.3 cm.), W. 7 5/16 in. (18.6 cm.)
  • Type: Print
  • Medium: Paper, Ink
  • Art Form: Woodblock

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