- 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
- Artist information
Utagawa Kunisada II
Works in the collection
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.
Where the work was made
Shown in 1 exhibition
Glorious, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 27 May 2017–06 Jan 2019
Other works by Utagawa Kunisada II
Night scene: two men, one holding an umbrella, confront each other beneath a large tree as a woman standing by a palanquin looks on Utagawa Kunisada II 1865 280.2005.13
See all 9 works