About the artist:
Sawa Sekkyō (沢 雪嶠) was a designer of ukiyo-e Japanese woodblock prints in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. He was originally a pupil of Tsutsumi Tōrin, a painter of the Kanō school, but left the school and became an independent ukiyo-e artist. Sekkyō is best known for his landscapes and bird and animal studies, the latter often printed entirely in black or blue ink. Sekkyō's name may be written in Japanese as 沢 雪喬, 沢 雪崎, or as 沢 雪橋.