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Ichimura Kakitsu IV as the Footman (Yakko) Setsuhei and Onoe Eizaburô 4.5 (later Kawarazaki Kunitarô II) as Yadokari in 'The Soga design and the gallant's dyed kimono' (Soga Moyô Tateshi no Goshozome), from an album of 'ukiyo-e' woodblock prints of 'kabuki' actors



Toyohara Kunichika


1835 – 1900

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Edo (Tokugawa) period 1615 - 1868 → Japan
    Media categories
    Print , Book
    Materials used
    colour woodcut; 'oban' diptych
    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.

    James and Robin Patricia Giffen Bequest 2005
    Lower Asian gallery
    Accession number

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Toyohara Kunichika

    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

    • Elemental, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 30 Jul 2022–2024

  • Provenance

    James Giffen, 1982-Aug 2005, Australia, donated to the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Aug 2005.

Other works by Toyohara Kunichika

See all 18 works