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Congratulatory announcement at the Nakamura theatre, showing the troupe of actors seated on the stage, from an album of 'ukiyo-e' woodblock prints of 'kabuki' actors

late 1870s?


Utagawa Kunisada II


1823 – 1880

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Edo (Tokugawa) period 1615 - 1868 → Japan
    late 1870s?
    Media categories
    Print , Book
    Materials used
    woodblock print; ink and colour on paper, 'oban' triptych
    36.0 x 73.0 cm image; 36.0 x 24.0 x 1.5 book
    Signature & date

    (right sheet) signed "oju Kunisada ga [designed by Kunisada to order]", block carver's seal of Katada Chojiro; (centre sheet) signed "Kunisada ga", unidentified block carver's seal; (left sheet) signed "Kunisada ga", Katada Chojiro block carver's seal, 11th generation Murayama Genbei publisher's seal. No censor's seals.

    James and Robin Patricia Giffen Bequest 2005
    Not on display
    Accession number

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Utagawa Kunisada II

    Works in the collection


  • 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.

  • Places

    Where the work was made


  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

    • Glorious, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 27 May 2017–06 Jan 2019

Other works by Utagawa Kunisada II

See all 9 works