Eitaku apprenticed under the Kanō school painter Kanō Eishin. Legend states he aspired to paint for Ii clan in Hikone, and another that Kanō Eishū took him on as an adopted son. After he left the Kanō school to produce ukiyo-e, it is said that the ukiyo-e painter Kawanabe Kyōsai took care of him.
Eitaku's work long suffered the same low critical esteem in Japan as that of his contemporary, late-era ukiyo-e artists. It was valued more highly in the West—his painting Sugawara Michizane Praying on Tenpai-zan (道真天拝山祈禱の図 Michizane Tempaizan kitō no zu, 1880) won a place in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
- Kanbara 2006, p. 162.