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Two actors (Ichimura Kakitsu and female impersonator Onoe Eizaburo as Yadokari) performing song from kabuki play with libretto inscribed in background, from an album of 'ukiyo-e' woodblock prints of 'kabuki' actors

1864


Artist

Toyohara KUNICHIKA

Japan

1835 - 1900


About

The album contains 34 striking images of kabuki actors by six late 19th century woodblock print designers: Utagawa KUNISADA I (1786-1864), Utagawa KUNISADA II (1823-1880), Toyohara KUNICHIKA (1835-1900), Utagawa KUNIAKI II (1835-1888), Utagawa YOSHICHIKA (fl. 1850-60 in Osaka) and Utagawa KUNIHISA (1832-1891).

The album includes 27 multiple-sheet sets and 7 single-sheet prints, mostly dating from the early 1860s and therefore representing the last flowering of the 'ukiyo-e' woodblock print tradition. Published as sheet prints and bound together soon after publication by a Japanese collector, the prints have survived in superb condition. Almost without exception, they are fine impressions. They all show the brilliant colours typical of the period, when imported aniline dyes were being used to dramatic effect.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, August 2005.


Details


Place where the work was made

Japan


Date

1864


Media categories

Print , Book


Materials used

colour woodcut; 'oban' diptych


Dimensions

36.0 x 49.0 cm image; 36.0 x 24.0 x 1.5 book


Signature & date

(right sheet) signed "Kunichika hitsu", Asakura Choman's block carver's seal, Echizen'ya Etsuka publisher's seal; (left sheet) signed "Kunichika hitsu", Asakura Choman's block carver's seal, Echizenya Etsuka publisher's seal.


Credit

James and Robin Patricia Giffen Bequest 2005


Location

Not on display


Accession number

280.2005.5


Artist information

Toyohara KUNICHIKA

Works in the collection

15


Place

Where the work was made
Japan