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Title

Boating excursion on the Sumidagawa

1856

Artist

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Japan
    Period
    Edo (Tokugawa) period 1615 - 1868 → Japan
    Date
    1856
    Media category
    Print
    Materials used
    woodblock print; ink and colour on paper
    Dimensions

    a - right image - three people, 37 x 25.3 cm

    b - left image - two people, 36.8 x 25.6 cm

    Signature & date

    Signed: Toyokuni ga

    Credit
    Gift of Dr James Hayes 2010
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    235.2010.a-b
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Utagawa Utagawa Kunisada/Toyokuni III

    Works in the collection

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  • About

    These two prints comprise the left and centre panels of a triptych depicting actors from the kabuki theatre. It was published in the first month of 1856 by Ōtaya Takichi. The missing right sheet contains the title cartouche, which translates roughly as 'Treasures of the Seven gods of good fortune riding together' (Shichifukujin takara no noriai). The centre panel shows Ichikawa Kodanji IV (1812–66) seated, Iwai Kumesaburō III (1829–82) in a female role and an unidentified actor; the left panel portrays Nakamura Fukusuke I (1831–99) in the guise of an itinerant monk and Onoe Kikugorō IV (1808–60) in a female role. The missing right sheet shows Kataoka Gadō II and Onoe Kikujirō II (1814–75) in roles from different plays. The appearance of the actors in roles most likely from various performances suggests that the composition was probably intended to celebrate fine performances by the seven actors in several different places rather than commemorate a specific play.

    Asian Art Department, AGNSW, September 2011

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Japan

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

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