[The] Forty-Seven Rōnin: The Vendetta in History, John A. Tucker, Cambridge University Press, 2018, p. 85.
undated photo of the artist
Kitagami Seigyū 北上聖牛 (1891-1970)
Kitagami Seigyū was a Nihonga painter born in Hokkaidō. His personal name was Ri’ichirō 利一郎. He used a number of artist names including Hokuzan 北山 and Chiryū 池龍. He was the nephew of painter Kitagami Junzan (Shunzan) 北上峻山 and studied under him and with other painters in his extended family, learning both Western painting (yōga) and Japanese literati painting (nanga). He would move to Kyoto as a young man and in 1913 he began to study under Takeuchi Seihō 竹内栖鳳 (1864-1942), one of the great masters of the Kyoto art world. While in Kyoto he also worked doing kimono dyeing and ceramic overglaze painting. He was particularly proficient at realistic bird-and-flower paintings (kachōga) and landscapes (sansui). He displayed his works in the government sponsored Bunten and the Teiten exhibitions winning prizes at both. After the Pacific War, he mainly exhibited his work in solo exhibitions. He died in December 1969 at the age of 78, working up until his passing.