Shun'ei was a pupil of Katsukawa Shunsho (1725-1792) along with Shuncho (active circa 1780-1801). He was commonly called Kyujiro and used the art name Kyutokusai as well. Like Shuncho, he showed his unique style despite being an artist of the Katsukawa School. He produced portraits of beauties, Kabuki actors and also sumo wrestlers. For another impression from the same series in the collection of the Ota Memorial Museum of Art, see Ota Memorial Museum of Art, Kaikan nijugoshu nen ten: Ota Kinen Bijutsukan meihin ten (Masterpieces of the Ota Memorial Museum of Art: The 25th Anniversary Exhibition) (Tokyo: Ota Memorial Museum of Art, 1996), pl. 71.