- Place where the work was made
- Edo (Tokugawa) period 1615 - 1868 → Japan
- Media categories
- Print , Book
- Materials used
- woodblock print; ink and colour on paper
- 36.0 x 25.0 cm image; 36.0 x 24.0 x 1.5 book
- Signature & date
(right sheet) signed "Yoshichika ga", unidentified publisher's seal, Matsushima Daijiro block carver's seal.
- James and Robin Patricia Giffen Bequest 2005
- Lower Asian gallery
- Accession number
- Artist information
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
Elemental, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 30 Jul 2022–2024
James Giffen, 1982-Aug 2005, Australia, donated to the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Aug 2005.
Other works by Utagawa Yoshichika
Interior scene during the cherry blossom season, from the series "?Hikinuite iro no nibanme" Utagawa Yoshichika 1863? 280.2005.10 On display – Lower Asian gallery
A woman brandishes a ?funerary tablet at a cowering man, while a child and smoking man look on Utagawa Yoshichika 1864? 280.2005.17 On display – Lower Asian gallery
A man and woman against a smoky background, the man holding a letter with a picture of a woman Utagawa Yoshichika 1863 280.2005.19 On display – Lower Asian gallery
See all 8 works