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VICTORIA AND ALBERT MUSEUM
DEPARTMENT OF ENGRAVING, ILLUSTRATION AND
DESIGN

FEB

^5

1933

JAPANESE COLOUR PRINTS

BY UTAGAWA TOYOKUNI

I

PRICE ONE SHILLING.

EXCHAWGS

The First Dream
of
Frontispiece.]

in tlie

New Year

of

an

l'kiyo\i' painter.
tlie artist.)
!•:.

The Ship
49()3-'86.

Good Fortune.

(Perhaps a portrait of

VICTORIA AND ALBERT MUSEUM
DEPARTMENT OF ENGRAVING, ILLUSTRATION AND
DESIGN

JAPANESE COLOUR PRINTS

BY UTAGAWA TOYOKUNI

I

PUBLISHED UNDER THE AUTHORITY OF HIS MAJESTY'S STATIONERY OFFICE: 1920

LONDON

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Publication No. 80

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First printed

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1913
1920

Reprinted Reprinted

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Crown Copyright Reserved.

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LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS
Facing

Page

First

Dream
of

in the

New Year

The Ship

Good Fortune

an Ukiyoye painter. with the Seven Gods.
of

(E. 4903-'86.)

Frontispiece
Perhaps a portrait of the
in the part of the
artist.

Publisher Daishu.
I

.

IWAi KuMESABURO

murderess Koume,
4

wife of Ume-no-Yoshibei (E. 4834- '86)
II.

Matsumoto Koshiro
Corean interpreter

in the part of

Totoki Denshichi,
6

fighting with his father's murderer, Sachihoko Tenzo, a
(E. 4840-'86)

III.

Onoye MATSUSUKE.as
Pubhsher Serrichi.

a porter (21360)

8

IV.

Watching the Fireworks from Ryogoku Bridge on a Summer evening (E. 4900-'86)
.

.

.

.

.

.

10

Publisher

Yamamoto

Kiubei, at Yoshicho, Yedo.

1

sheet of a

6-sheet print.

V,

A Noble Youth,
temple
1

with female attendants, visiting a
12

(E. 4222-'97)

sheet of a 3-sheet print.

VI.

Picnic of

Women

on the banks

of the
.

Sumida
.

river, in
. .
.

the time of cherry-blossom (21356) 1 sheet of a 3-sheet Publisher Yeijudo.
VII.

.

.

14

print.

A Young Lady

binding her

poem

to the branch of a

cherry-tree (E. 1431 -'98)
Publisher Idzuichi, Yedo.

16

(2848

Wt.24352/779

3/20

1m

D.St.

828404

NOTE
This Catalogue ivas compiled hy Mr. Edward F. Strange, C.B.E.,
formerly of the Department of Engraving, Illustration and Design.

CECIL H. SMITH.

CATALOGUE OF COLOUR PRINTS By UTAGAWA TOYOKUNI
I I.

BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE
ICHIYOSAI TOYOKUNI was
of the Japanese

UTAGAWA
skilful

one of the most

and best known
;

makers of colour
which

prints

and
it

his

work

possesses

an

individuality

especially entitles

to a degree of separate consideration.

He was born
local reputation.

in the

year 1769;

his father,

Gorobei Kurahashi,

being a carver of wooden images, Buddhistic and theatrical, of some

His

artistic style

was founded,
Ichio
;

in the first instance,

on that

of the painter

Hanabusa

but he afterwards studied

under Toyoharu (from whom he received the name Toyokuni), Gyokuzan
Ishida and Shunyei
;

and

it is

from these latter

artists that

he derived

some noticeable

characteristics of the style

which he himself developed.
(the

The whole

of his life

was passed

at

Yedo
first

modern Tokyo)
of the year
in the

;

where

he died on the seventh day of the
(a.d. 1825), in his fifty-seventh year,

month

Bunsei 8

and was buried

grounds of

the Shrine of Myoken, Yanagashima, where a memorial was erected
to

him three years afterwards, by
his

pupils and admirers,
(as in

and several

hundreds of

drawings or brushes

another account) buried.

Toyokuni 's

earlier prints are often in the

manners popularised by
rival,

Utamaro, Shuncho and Yeishi.
and, as a matter of fact,
distinction
lies, is

These he was able easily to
to have imitated.

known

But

his special

not in his prints of beautiful women, but in that

magnificent series of portraits of actors in character, of which the

Museum

is

fortunate enough to possess an unusually complete and

representative collection.
influenced

In this class of work he was strongly

by Shunsho and probably by Sharaku. He was also an his first work of this kind having able and popular book illustrator
;

been produced in 1786,

in his 18th year.

And

he had a great reputation

as a designer of fan-prints.

The circumstances which gave
similar prints

rise to

the production of these, and

by other

artists,

are of peculiar interest.

The lower

classes of the Japanese had a passion for the

drama

;

and the leading

actors, as such,
(2848)

were idolized to an extraordinary extent.

A

great and
c

2

constant

demand

existed for their portraits,

and

for representations of

Scenes from the plays in which they appeared.

This was met by such
artistic

work

as

is

herein catalogued

—prints of the highest technical and

merit, but produced

and sold at a

trivial price to gratify the ever-

changing desires of the multitude.
the actors were socially despised.
print artists
;

In spite of their public popularity,

They ranked even below the colour
inferior to

who, themselves, were accounted
;

most other

classes of skilled artizans

and no member

of the aristocratic, or of

the military order, would ever have allowed himself to associate in
private
life

wth

either.
it

In studying these prints of actors,

must be remembered that the
;

representation of the faces conforms to a severe and limited convention
there
is little

attempt at portrayal of the actual physiognomy of persons

represented in character.

But nothing (allowing

for the limitations
realistic

imposed by the technical process used) could be more

than the
the

way

in

which Toyokuni

sets forth the attitudes, the grouping,
spirit

make-up, and especially the dramatic

of the actors
for
is

he was

employed to

paint.

Another point to be allowed

that female

parts were invariably played
collection will

by men.

Among

the prints in this

be found some depicting actors

who had

a special

reputation for this faculty.

Care must be taken by students to distinguish between the work
of

Toyokuni

I.

and that

of

two men who succeeded to
son,

his

name.

One
of the

of these

was Naogiro, an adopted

whose

earlier prints are signed

Toyoshige.
latter,

On

the death of his master he married the
his

widow

and henceforward used

name, generally with the addition
pupil,

Gosotei.

He died in

1835.

Another and better known

Kunisada,

took the name of Toyokuni in 1844, and often described himself as
" the second Toyokuni "
artist to use the
;

though, in point of date, he was the third
died in 1864 at the age of 79.

name.

He

Examples

have been noted by yet another and
as "

later artist, describing himself
;

Toyokuni

of the third generation "

but his prints are of no

importance.

The
related

stories

on which the plays were based have, nearly

all,

been

by Professor Anderson,

in his catalogue of the Chinese

and

Japanese Paintings at the British

Museum

;

in the

works

of the late

Lafcadio Hearn, or those of Lord Redesdale (Mr. A. B. Mitford),
Messrs.

Tomita and Lee, and Mr. H.

Joly.

An

excellent illustrated
is

description of the technique of colour-printing,

by Mr. R. Tokuno,

published in the Report of the Smithsonian Institution, United States

National Museum, for 1892 (page 221)

;

a descriptive catalogue of an

exhibition of tools

and materials used
;

in this process

has also been

prepared for this

Museum

and the Museum Handbook on Japanese
account
(so far as at present

Colour Prints contains a

full

known)

of

the School of Japanese artists to which Toyokuni belonged, and of his
pupils

and

followers.

The

prints referred to can be seen on application in the Students'

Room

(entrance

in

Room
at

71)

of

the

Department

of

Engraving,
is

Illustration

and Design,

any time when the Museum

open,

except on Sundays.
E. F.
S.

(28 '8)

c 2

II.

CATALOGUE
IN

FAMOUS ACTORS
The
actor

CHARACTER

Bando Mitsugoro.
E. 4804-'86.

(15i

X lOi)

Publisher

Mura.
in the part of

Bando Mitsugoro

Watanabe no Tsuna, a hero
is

of the

10th century, going to set up a placard on a lonely spot before the gate of Rashomon, which place
(14i X 9J)

visited every night

by a demon.
E. 4805-'8G.

Bando Mitsugoro
(14f

in the part of

Gofukuya

(clothes- vendor) Jubei.
E. 4806-'86.

X 9f)
in the part of

Bands Mitsugoro
(14|:

Fujiya Izayemon

(a gallant). E. 4807-'86.

X

9|)

Bando Mitsugoro
(141

as the wrestler Akitsushima.
21367.

X

9|)

Publisher Yamahei.

Bando Mitsugoro and Iwai Kiimesaburo
mistress Oshichi.
(12

in the parts of Kichi

and

his

X

91)

E. 4808-'86.

burnt her own house in order to have an opportunity of retiring to a monastery, where she had once enjoyed, under the same circumstances, a meeting with the former. She was burnt at the stake. A 17th century story.

The

latter

Bands Mitsugoro and another
and
(14|

actor in the parts of Sasaki Tatewaki
E. 4809-'86.

his servant

Yosuke.

X

9f)

Publisher Yeiju.

The actor Bands HikosaburS
(141

as Yuranosuke.
E. 4810-'86.

y

9£)

Publisher

Kawagen.
as

Bands HikosaburS
(14^

KwanshSjS.
21363.

X 9f)

Publisher Sudzu-i.

The actor Ichikawa DanjiurS
X 9J) Compare 21348
(14i
(/)fl5<?

as

Yokko Sodesuke.
E. 4811-'86.

9)

Theatrical parts lately played by
(14J

tlie

actor Ichikawa DanzS.
E. 4812-'86.

X

9|)

Plate

I.

IWAI KuMESABUKo ill the part of the murdL'iess Kuume, wife Ume-no-Yoshibei. E. 4834-'86.

of

Ichikawa Danzo

in the part of

Banzui Chobei and Iwai Hansbiro

in

that of his wife Asoki.
(l-lf

X

9f)

,

E. 4813-'86-

Publisher Yeiju.

Ichikawa Danzo
(right) in

in the part of Taira

no Tomonori and Onoyi Matsusuke
E. 4814-'86.

that of Musashibo Benkei.

(14f X 9f) Publisher Yeiju.

Ichikawa Danz5 in the part of Banzui Chobei and Iwai Hansbiro
that of Otoki, his wife.
(14|

in

X

9|)

E. 4815-'86

Ichikawa Danzo and Matsumoto Kogo
(right)

in

the parts of Jiroyemon

and Takeichi Buyemoni

(left).

(14| X 9f) Publisher Yeiju.

E. 4816-'86.

Ichikawa Danzo and Matsumoto Kogo
(14| X 9f) Publisher Yeiju.

in

the scene of Kagekiyo

being discovered in his attempt to assassinate Yoritomo.
E. 4817-'86.

Ichikawa Danzo and another actor Otsuyu, a ferry-woman.
(14|

in the parts of

Oye Masahira and
E. 4818-'86.

X

9|)

Publisher Yeiju.

The actor Ichikawa Komazo.
(14|

X

9|)

E. 4819-'86.

Publisher Tsutaya.

Ichikawa
(14|

Komazo and another
9|)

actor in the parts of

Tanuya Gempachi,
E. 4820-'86.

being beaten with his sandal by his friend Horiguchi Gentazayemon.

X

Publisher Yeiju.

Ichikawa

Komazo

in the part of

Ukiyo Tohei and Bando Mitsugoro
E. 4821-'86.

in that of

Ashikaga Yorikane.

(14| X 9|) Publisher Uyemura.

Ichikawa

Komazo and Bando Mitsugoro

in the parts of

Yorikane with the ghost of the courtesan
murdered.
(14J X 9f) Publisher Yeiju.

Takao whom

Ashikaga he had

E. 4822-'86.

Ichikawa
(14fx9f)

Komazo and Bando Mitsugoro

in the parts of
loafer.

Shume no
E. 4823-'86.

Kokiugo, a knight, and Igami-no Gonta, a
Publisher Yeiju do.

Ichikawa

Komazo and Bando Mitsugoro
his

in the parts of

Oda Harunaga
Mitsuhide,

(Oda Nobunaga) beating

vassal Takechi

(Akechi)

who
(14f

afterwards killed him.

(1582 a.d.)
E. 4824-'86.

X

9f)

Ichikawa Komazo and Iwai Kumesaburo
his wife.

in the parts of

Kameo and
E. 4825-'86.

(Hi X

9f)

Publisher Yeiju.

Ichikawa Komazo and Iwai Kumesaburo

in

the parts of

Hambei

and
(14|

his wife Ochiyo, characters in a tragedy.

X

9|)

E. 4826-'86.

Ichikawa

Komazo and Nakayama Tomisaburo
Gompachi and Komurasaki.

in the parts of the

lovers Shira
(14f

X

9f)

E. 4827-'86.

Ichikawa Komazo as Hanshichi and Nakayama Tomisaburo as the
Geisha Sankatsu.
Working
side, his

proof, parts having been touched with red

by the

artist.

At the

note

:

" Please gradate the colour like this."

(ISJX

lOf)

E. 3870-1911.

Ichikawa

Komazo and Segawa Ronosuke

in the parts of

Torafuya
E. 4828-'86.

Shobei and his wife.
(14f X 9f) Printer Uyemura.

The actor Ichikawa Omezo
(15i

Tsurane " (opening address) on the occasion of the new opening of Kawasaki Theatre in 1810.
X

reciting his "

m)

E. 4829-'86.

Ichikawa Omezo and Nakayama Tomisaburo in the parts of Asagao

and Yuri-no-pachiro.
(14f X 91) Publisher Idzuichi.
E. 4830-'86.

The actor Iwai Hanshiro
(14|

in the part of

Osaka, wife of Kizaemon.
E. 4831-'86.

X

9|)

Iwai Hanshiro as
(14 J

Koman.
E. 4832-'86.

X

9f)

Publisher

Yamacho.

Iwai Hanshiro as Osaku.
(13|

X

9f)

E. 4916-'86.

Publisher

Yamacho.

Iwai Hanshiro as Goro-Tokimune.
(14J

X 9f

21366.

Plate

II.

Theatrical Scene. Totoki Denshichi,
Murderer.

fighting witli

liis

Father's

E. 4840-'86.

Ivvai

(14i

Hanshiro as Agemaki, and Ichikawa Danjiuro as Sukeroku. X 9|) 21346.

Iwai Hanshiro, an actor, and Kiiriu Saycmon represented by Ichikawa Danjiuro. 2-sheet.
(14f

X

10)

21352.

Publisher Tsuruya.

Iwai Hanshiro, Iwai Kumesaburo, Ichikawa Dan-no-suke, in female
parts.
(14i

3-sheet.

X

10)

E. 4833-'86.

Iwai Kumesaburo in the part of the murderess Ko-ume, wife of
no-Yoshibei.
(14i X 9^) Publisher Kawaju.

UmeI.

Plate

E. 4834-'86.

Iwai Kumesaburo in the part of Sogano-ni-nomiya, making violent
love to Idzu-no-Jiro (played
(14f

by Ichikawa Natsuro).
E. 4835-'86.

X

9f)

Publisher Yeiju.

Iwai Kumesaburo and
(14 J

Nakamura Noshiho

(right) in

female parts.
E. 4836-'86.

X

9f)

The

actors

Matsumoto Kogo

(right)

and Segawa Roko

(left).

(14J X 9f) Publisher Yeiju.

E. 4837-'86.

Matsumoto Koshiro
(14J

in the part of

Kabutoya Bungoro.
E. 4838-'86.

X

9f)

Shiratayu

(right)

represented by Matsumoto Koshiro, and his master
bull,

Kwan
(14|

Shojo riding on a
9f)

by Sawamura Gennosuke.
E. 4839-'86.

X

Pubhsher Tsutaya.

Actors representing Totoki Denshichi (with the sword) fighting with
his

father's

murderer,

Sachihoko

Tenzo,

a

Corean

interpreter,

played by Matsumoto Koshiro.
(15^ X lOi) Printer Yeiju.

Plate

II.
.

E. 4840-'86

The actor Nakamura Utayemon
set of 8.
(14J

as the Poetess

Komachi.

1

of a

X

lOi)

E. 4841-'86.

The actors Nakamura Utayemon and Nakamura Akashi Sambaso dance.
(9|

in

the

X

14i)
9th, 9th

E. 4842-'86.

Dated Bunkwa

month

(a.d.

1812).

8

Nakamura Utayemon
(15J

in the part of Saito

Sancmori.
E. 4843-'86-

X

10^)

Publisher Yamakiu.

Nakayama Bunshichi
(14J

in the part of

Onio Shinzayemon.
E. 4844-'86.

X

9|)

Nakayama Bunshichi and
a county-governor in
(14|

Iwai Hanshiro in the parts of Yoshizane.
province, with Yukihirahime.
E. 4845-'86.

Awa

X

9f)

Publisher Hacho.

Nakayama Tomisaburo and another
(right)

actor in the parts of Shidsuka

and Tadanobu.
E. 4846-'86.

(14| X 9f) Publisher Yeiju.

The

actor

Onoye Matsusuke

as a porter.

Plate

III.

(14i

X

9|)

21360.

Pubhsher Sen-ichi.

Onoye Matsusuke
(14i

as Sakuramaro.
21364.

X

9J)

Publisher

Yamacho.
in the character of the

Onoye Matsusuke
(14i

drama Doguya Yokei.
E. 4847-'86.

X

9f)

Onoye Matsusuke and Bando Mitsugoro in the parts of Kudo Sayemon Suketsune and Soga no Goro Tokimune (left), whose father was 13th century. killed by Kudo.
(14f

X

9i)

E. 4848-'86-

Publisher Yeiju.

Onoye Matsusuke and Sawamura Tanosuke
Skinzo Funabashi.
(14J X 9|) Publisher Yamacho.

as

Sano Jirozayemon and
E. 4849-'86.

Onoye Matsusuke
horseback.
{14J

as a girl,

and Sawamura Tanosuke as a man on
21341

2-sheet.
.

X

9J)

Onoye Matsusuke and Sawamura Tanosuke
(14|

as Iwafuji

and Onoye.
E. 5549-'86.

X

9|)

Publisher

Yamacho.
in

Onoye Matsusuke
Tomisaburo
(14f

the

in that of

part of Kaji no Ocho, and Oyaye, wife of Dembei.

Nakayama
E. 4850-'86.

X

91)

Publisher Yeiju.

Plate

III.

OxoYE Matsusuke

as a porter.

21360.

The actor Onoye Yeizaburo
(14f

in the part of Sashichi, a toilet-dealer.
E. 485I-'86.

X

9f)

Publisher

Kawaju.
in the parts of

Onoye Yeizaburo and Bando Mitsugoro the left) and Soga-no-Juro.
(14

Asahina (on
E. 4852-'86.

X

9i)

The actor Sawamura Gennosukc
(14f

in the part of

Kabutoya Hanjiro.
E. 4853-'86.

X

9f)

Sawamura Gennosuke
(14J

as Kwanjiro.
21365.

X

9a)

Sawamura Gennosuke
X 9J) Compare E. 4811- '86
(14i

as Rokusaburo.
21348.
{page
4).

Sawamura Gennosuke
(14J

as

Kakuju.
E. 4854-'86.

X

9|)

Publisher

Kawagen.
as Tsukushi-no-Gonroku.
E. 4855-'86.

Sawamura Gennosuke
(14i

X

9f)

Publisher Yamahei.

Portraits of the actors
2 of a set.
(14

Sawamura

Sojiuro and

Matsumoto Koshiro.
E. 4856, 4857-'86.

X

9f)

The

actors

Sawamura Tanosuke and Sawamura Gennosuke

in a

dance

of courtiers.
2-sheet.

(13f X 9f) Publisher Yamafuji.

21342.

Sawamura Tanosuke
(14i

as Orihime.
21359.

X

9f)

Sawamura Tanosuke
(14i

in a female part.

X

9f)

21358.

Publisher

Yamacho.
as Hisatsugu

The actors Sawamura Gennojo and Sawamura Tanosuke and his maid-servant Takikawa.
2-sheet.

(14i

X

9J)

E, 4858-'86.

Segawa Kikunojo and another actor
his vidfe.
(14|

in the parts of

Umeyoshibei and
E. 4859-'86.

X

9f)

Printer

Uyemura.

10

Segawa Kikunojo and another actor wrestler, Sazanami Katsunosuke.
(14i

in the parts of

Takao, and the
E. 4860- '86.

X

9i)

Publisher Yeiju.

An

actor of female parts.

From

the verses accompanying, perhaps
E. 4861-'86.

Segawa Kikunojo.
(14|

X

9f)

Publisher Tsutaya.

Scene from the " ChGshingura.'

Segawa and Kikunosuke and

Ichi-

kawa Danzo
(14|

in the parts of

Oboshi Yura-no-suke and Okaru, the
E. 4862-'86.

wife of Kampei, in the tea-house.

X

9f)

The

actors

Segawa Kikunosuke and Onoye Yeizaburo.
E. 4230-'97.

(12i

X

9)

The actor Segawa Ronosuke
(i5i

in the part of Izayoi.
E. 4863-'86.

X

m)
Segawa Senjio
in a female part.
9f)

The

actor

(Hi X

21362.
in the part of Shirotaye. E. 4864-'86.

Segawa Senjio (I5i X 10)

The actor Segawa Roko
(14i X 9i) Publisher Yamafuji.

as Hangira Otsu-ru.
21361.

Segawa Roko as the Geisha, Kosan.
(14i

X

9|)

21349.

Publisher Yeiju.

Segawa Roko
(14|

in the part of a tea-house girl,

Osaka.
E. 4865-'86

X

9|)

Segawa Roko in the part on his back.
(14|

of a blind

man

" dancing, with a " biwa

X

9f)

E. 4866-'86.

Segawa Roko a woman.
(14J

in the part of a hero,

and Matsumoto Koshiro

in that of

X

9|)

E. 4867-'86.

Publisher Tsutaya.

Segawa Roko
(14f

in the part of

Oyasu, wife of Kameo.
E. 4868- '86

9 J) Publisher Tsutaya.

X

Plate

IV.

Watching the Imrevvokks

tioni

Ryogokn Hridge.

E. 490()-'86.

.

11

The actors Segawa Roko and Sawamura Gennosukc Kanaya Kingoro. 2-sheet.
(141

as

Kosan and
21340.

X

9J)

Publisher Manki.
interesting.

The

difference

in

the two signatures of the artist

is

The

actors

Segawa Rosaburo

(right)

and Sawamura Gennosuke

(left).

(14|

X

9|)

E. 4869-'86.

Publisher Idzuichi.

THEATRICAL SCENES,
Yedzu Yakusha Sangaikyo.
Three

ETC.

stories of the pleasant Theatre.

By Shikitei Sanba.
and 22 colour
(A.D. 1800).
Lit.

Illustrated

prints.

2 vols.

by Utagawa Toyokuni (I.). Title-page (9 X 6) Yedo, Kwansei 13, 1st month
E. 3530-'97.
a

punning allusion to the three-storied theatrical building, and the Three Realms of Existence of the Buddhists viz. Past, Present, and Future. Publishers Yorodzuya and Nishinomiya
storied

" three

recreation,"

:

—Another copy (imperfect)
(7|

.

1

colour prints in

album
E. 4304-4313-'97.

X

llj)

Yedo.

n.d.

Yakusha-no-fuzoku.
in album.
(8

Illustrations of theatrical

life.

A

set of 19 prints,

X IH)
the

E. 1469-1487-1900.

album containing the above are inserted two specimens of fine calligraphy, poems in the hand-writing of Takatsukasa Kanehiro, and HiGASHizoNO Motokadzu, Court nobles of c. 1704 a.d.
In

Interior of a Theatre during the representation of the play "

monogatari."
further
(15i

Soga Yoritomo above, Kajiwara next him, Three daimyo. Kudo on a seat, the Soga brothers to the left, and Asahina to the
left.

3-sheet.
E. 365-'90.

X

10^)

Publisher Yexju.

Interior of a Tlieatre during the performance of a play.
(1

3-sheet

missing).

(15

X

10)

E. 4870-'86.

Publisher Yeiju.

Theatre programme.
(14|

X

10)

E. 4871-'86.

Theatre programme of Matsumura Shikayemon.
(14|

X

9J)

E. 4872-'86.

12

A

Scene from each of the 12 acts of the Drama " Chushingura " (the Story of the 47 Ronin) 6 sheets (2 scenes on each).
(13J

X
I.

8J)

E. 4873-4878-'86.

Morono giving a love-letter to Kaoyo, wife of Enya. Act II. Honzo cutting off a branch of a pine-tree while inciting his master E. 4873-'86. Wakasanosuke to quarrel with Morono. Act III. Sagisaka Bannei mocking at Kampci and Okaru. Act IV. Oboshi Yuranosuke holding the dirk with which Enya has killed
Act
himself and Rikiya his son.
E. 4874-'86.

Ono Sadakuro kiUing Yochibei, whom he had robbed. Act VI. Okaru, who has sold herself to a house of pleasure in Kyoto, in order E. 4875-'86. to procure money for Kampci's outfit, parting from her mother. discovery of the spy, Kudayu, beneath the floor of the Ichiriki Act VII. The
Act V.
tea-house.

Act VIII.

Honzo on

his journey.

.

E. 4876-'86.

Act IX. Act X.
wife of

(Lower portion) Honzo revcahng himself to Oboshi and Tonase.

Yabui Yochiku, a quack doctor, threatening

to

have

his sister, the

Amakawa

Gehei, divorced from the latter.
of

E. 4877-'86.

Act XI. Act XII.

The discovery and death

Morono

in the coal-cellar.

Kobayashi Heihachi fighting with one

of the Ronin.

E. 4878-'86.

Scenes from the (141 V 9|)

Drama

"

Chushingura."

3-sheet.
21355.

The Drama " Chushingura " the actors Ichikawa Omezo and Kosagawa Tsuneyo as Amagawaya Gihei and his wife Osono in the 10th
;

scene.
(13i

X

5f)

E. 4879-'86.

Danzo

in the part of

Sadakuro

in the

Drama

" Chushingura."
E. 4880-'86.

(14f X 9f) Publisher Uyemura.

Actors representing Shidzuka
wizard, with
(151
(?)

(on

the

left)

and Tadanobu, a foxE. 4881-'86.

Benkei watching them.

X

lOi)
(left)

Actors representing Masaoka
her son.
(143

and Yashio

(right),

who had

killed

X

9J)

E. 4882-'86.

Publisher Yeiju.

Kawagoye Tarp
Yoshitsune.
(14|

Shigeyori and Kyo-no-Kimi in a scene from the Hfe of
E. 4883-'86.

X

9|)

Publi-shcr Yeiju.

Actors representing Hanegawa Takakage standing over the knave
Yatahei.
(14J

X

9J)

E. 4884-'86.

Publisher Yeiju.

Plate V.

^^.
.>->^
3^

.^

-c^----^

A Noble

Yoltii, with female attendants,
E. 4222-'97.

\'i>itini4-

a temple.

13 Actors representing Yayegaki and his betrothed Katsuyori.

A

16th

century Story.
(14J

X

9|)

1-:.

4885-'86.

Publisher Yeiju.

Actors representing Ono-no-Otsu and Samanosuke Mitsutoshi the Koto).
(14J

(vvitli

X

9|)

E. 4886-'86.

Actors representing Ohatsu and Tokubei, her paramour.
(14|

X

9J)

E. 4887-'86.

Actors representing Akushichi-byoye Kagekiyo
Mio-no-yashiro Kumitoshi.
(14J X 10) In the battle of

(right)

lighting with

2-sheet.
E. 4888-'86.
1

Yashima (2nd month, 185 a.d.), Kagekiyo pursued Kumitoshi and caught him by the back part of his helmet, which was torn.
Actors
representing
2-sheet.
.

Tsurifune

no

Sabu

fighting

with

Danshichi
E. 4889-'86.

Kurobei.
(14i
>:

10|:)

Publisher Tsuruya.

Actor
(I5i

in the part of a

woman

with a pipe.
E. 4890-'86.

X

10^)

Publisher Idzuichi.

Head
(14f

of

an actor
9f)

in the character of

Soga no Goro.
E. 994-1914.

X

Yakusha Butai no Sugataye.
(15J V lOJ) Printer Idzuichi.

Portraits of actors from Ufe.

Omiya.
E. 4891-'86.

Portraits of actors from Ufe.
(15

Hamamuraya.
E. 4892- 86.

X

10)

Portraits of actors from hfe.
(14| X 9J) Printer Idzuichi.

Takinoya.
E. 4893-'86.

Paper faced with mica.

Two

actors.

(14f

X

9J)

E. 4894-'86.

Publisher Tsutaya.

Two

actors.

(14|

X

9t)

E. 4895-'86

Publisher Tsutaya.

Portraits of actors in character.

2 of a set.
E. 4896, 4897-'86.

a If X

8)

14
Scenes
1

and 3

in

the
set.

Drama

" Chiushingura,"

the Story of

the

47 Ronin.
(9

2 of a

X

12i)

E. 4917, 4918-"86.
^

Publisher

Yenomoto

Kichibei.

These

prints

are

described

as

Ukiye,

" perspective pictures."

MISCELLANEOUS SUBJECTS
A
Dance, with scenery of the
(12i

Tamagawa

river.

X

8i)

E. 4898-'86.

The Ryogoku bridge
(15i

at Yedo, in the cool of the evening.

5-sheet.
E. 4899-'86-

X

10^)

Publisher

Yamamoto

Kiubei, at Yoshicho, Yedo.

Watching the fireworks from RyogSku bridge on a summer evening. Plate IV. 6-sheet.
(14J

X

9i)

E. 4900-'86.

Publisher

Yamakiu

(i.e.,

Yamamoto

Kiubei).

Rokugo Watashi-bune.
(14J

Ferry on the river Rokugo.

3-sheet.
E. 4901-'86-

X

lOJr)

Women
(Hi X

walking by the banks of a
10)
1

river.

E. 4902-'86.
of 3 or 5 sheets.

Publisher Senichi.

First

dream

in the

New Year

of

an Ukiyoye painter.

The Ship

of

Good Fortune with the Seven Gods.
(14| X 10) Publisher Daishu.

Frontispiece.
E. 4903-'86.

Perhaps intended

for a portrait of the artist.

Interior of a house
(14|

;

New

Year's

Day

scene.

2-sheet.
E. 4229-'97.

X n)

Publisher Yeiju.

Kameido Temple.
{9i

X

14)

E. 4904-'86.

Publisher Idzumiya Ichibei.

A

noble youth, with female attendants, visiting a temple.
(15i X lOJ) Publisher Yeiju.
of 3 sheets.

Plate V.
E. 4222-'97.

1

Scenes

Third Month. Women of the of the Twelve Months. Shinagawa shore watching the gathering of shell-fishes on the third
1

day, when the great ebb-tide occurs.
(13|

of a set of 12.
E. 4231-'97.

X

9J)

PubUsher Yeiju.

Pl.ATi: VI.

Picnic of

Women

on the Banks

f)f

tlu'

Sumida

River.

'2135(S.

15
Procession of a noble represented
Fuji.
(14^

by women

;

in the distance is

Mount

5-sheet.
10)

X

E. 2125-'99.

Publisher Hishiwaka.

Natsuno Fuji Bijin Awase (The beauties
series.

of untimely season).

1

of a

(14| X 9J) Publisher Shikabun.

E. 4905-'86.

Fujm Sawakagami.
winding
silk.

Occupations of women.

Practising music and

(14i X 9^) The signature

E. 4906-'86.

Utamaro on

this print is a forged addition.

Two women
(14^ X 9f)

bleaching cloth in the river
Sagittaria in bloom.

Tamagawa

;

with the flowers
E. 1430-'98.

Nuphar and

Women

washing garments at a stream.

3-sheet

(1

missing).
E. 4907-'86.

(14^ X 10)

Publisher Sen Ichi.

Women
(11 1

in snow.
8)

3-sheet

(?

2 missing).
E. 4908-'86.

X

Yoshiwara
(15

woman

with attendants at the time of

full

moon.
E. 4909-'86.

X

10)

Two women
(15i

catching

fire-flies

near the Sumida

river.

X

9|)

E. 1429-'98.

Picnic of

women on

the banks of the

Sumida

river in the time of cherry-

blossom.

3-sheet.

Plate VI.
21356-

(15f X lOi) Pubhsher Yeijudo.

A young

lady standing on a wine-cask in order to bind her poem to

the branch of a cherry-tree.
(14| X 9|) Publisher Idzuichi, Yedo.

Plate VII.
E. 1431-'98.

Shin Yoshiwara sakura-no-Keishoku.
in the Shin

Viewing the cherry-blossoms
E. 4228-'97.

Yoshiwara.

5-sheet.

(14i X 9J) Publisher Yamamoto at Yedo.

Yoshitsune sembon sakura.
cherry-blossoms.
(14| X 9f)

The Story

of Yoshitsune

and the

1

,000

3-sheet.
E. 4910-'86.

Scene in the Story of Yoshitsune and Benkci.
(141 X 10)

3-sheet.
E. 49ll-'86.

Sukeroku
(143

:

a knight in the Yoshiwara.
.

X

10)

E. 4912-'86.

16

Genji Konodzu.
(10 X 7i)

An

illustration to the Story of Prince Genji.
E. 4913-'86.

Tomoye

fighting with

Wadai Yoshimori.
Illustrations of

3-sheet.
E. 4914-'86.

(14| X 10)

Yehon Imayo Sugata.
prints in album.
(8
1.

Modern

Society.

24 colour

X

11).

Kiowa

2 (a.d. 1802).

E. 4314-4337-'97.

A

lady of the Imperial Court in a garden.
in various occupations.

2.
3.

The Shogun's consort and her servants engaged

A

" Chiiro "

(a

favourite of the Shogun), privately entertaining herself
little girl.

with a dance by a
4. 5.
6. 7. 8.

Servants at Bakufu (the Shogun's Court) in a private apartment.

Peasant

woman

resting.

A A

young noble lady passing the front
place for hght archery ("

of a tooth-pick shop.

Yukyo

"),

kept by

girls.

Interior of a rich merchant's house.

A woman

toilet-vendor showing

combs
9.

to ladies.

A

lady with her baby visiting her mother-in-law.

10.

Scene in servants' quarters.

11.

Scene in servants' quarters.

12.

Two women
ment agency
as a servant.

(Geisha
office,

coming out of a public bath, looking at an employwhere the old woman (agent) is engaging a woman
?)

13.

Scene in Yoshiwara Scene in Yoshiwara Scene in Yoshiwara male costumes.
Scene in Yoshiwara

;

a

woman

going to meet

a guest.

14. 15.

;

private apartments of

women.
of Geisha, dressed

;

Niwaka (comic

play)

by a group

in
16. 17.

;

the mistress of the house in her chamber.

Courtesans in show-room trying a divination. The old woman is hawking through the streets, toilet articles (paper, powder, hairbinder, joss-stick

and tooth dyer).
18.
19.

Geisha walking with Yoshiwara women.

Women
A

at their meals.

20.

group of women looking through holes on shoji (which they made with tongue and fingers) at Geisha's play.

21.

Women
mark

in their private

room.

One

of

them showing

to the other a tattoo

of her lover's

name on

her arm.

22. 23. 24.

Women Women Women
col.

at their toilets.

walking in the
in

streets.

a boat.

Toshidama-fude.
Cuts.
(9

Sketches, in the style of Hokusai's
6)

Mangwa.
E. 11796- '86.

X

Nagoya.

—Another
(9

edition, in black only.
E. 11797- '86.

X

6)

Nagoya.

Ippai Kigen.
Illustrated
(7

Comical Stories of a Drunkard.

By

Shikitei Sanba.

by Utagawa Toyokuni.

Cuts.

2 vols.
E. 11798, 11799'86.

X

5).

1883.

Plate VII.

A Young Lady

binding her

poem

to the branch of a cherry-tree.

E. 1431 -'98.

17

FAN DESIGNS
Men and women
Colour print.

travelling in a State barge.
E. 2422-1912.

(8^x10^)
seated, feeding silkworms.

Two women
Drawing
ift

colours.

(5J

X

17|)

E. 1168-1912.

SURIMONO
Gaku.
Ichikawa Danjiuro acting.
E. 163-'98.
(8i X 11) Gaku were

votive offerings to a temple.

Kane
(7J

of

Omi, a heroine
6|)

of the 13th century, stopping a

runaway

horse.

X

E. 4915-'86.

A^Or^:.—Unmounted
can also be referred
in

prints

to.

by Toyokuni They are chiefly
is

I.

(Nos. E. 4919-4961 -'86)

of Theatrical subjects

and
in of

poor condition.

Others, also unimportant, are in the

the collection, each of which
artists represented therein.

preceded by an index to

Albums the names

18

BOOKS OF REFERENCE
THE
following books

may usefully be

referred to for fuller information

on the subject.

Anderson, William.

—The
(16

Pictorial Arts of Japan.

With a
Plates

brief historical sketch of

the associated arts, and some remarks upon the Pictorial Art of the Chinese and Koreans.

and

illustrations

in the

text.

X

12)

London, 1886.

—Japanese

Wood

Engravings

;

their

history,

technique

and

characteristics.

80 pp. 6 chromo-xylogr. and 38 photo-zincotypes. London, 1895. (Portfolio Monographs. XVII.) (11 X 7)

Artistic Japan.

Artistic

Japan

;

Industries, compiled

Plates

{many col.), London, 1888-91.

monthly illustrated journal of Arts and by S. Bing, and edited by Marcus B. Huish. and illustrations in the text. 6 vols. (14 X 10)
a

BiNYON, Robert Laurence.

—Painting
Pictorial
(10

in the

Far East

;

Art in Asia,

especially China

an Introduction to the History of and Japan. 31 illus.

X
:

8)

London, 1908.

London

British

—BiNYON,

Museum [Prints and Drawings]. Robert Laurence. A catalogue
[p.

of

Japanese
p.

and
275,

Chinese woodcuts preserved in the sub-department of Oriental
Prints and Drawings Toyokuni and pupils,
signatures]. (10

243,

Utagawa Toyokuni
;

;

Toyokuni

2 process illustrations,

and Kunimitsu 600, p. and facsimiles of signatures

X

7)

London, 1917.
Capt.
2 vols.
(16

Brinkley,

F.,

—The
I.

Art of Japan,
Art.

X

12)

Boston, Mass., U.S.A.

(1901).

Pictorial

50 pp. 64 pp.

5 plates,

27

illus.

in

the

text,

and and

facsimiles of marks.
II.

Applied Art.

7 plates,

28

illus.

in

the

text,

facsimiles of marks.

Chamberlain, Basil Hall.

—Things Japanese
Japan.
3rd ed.

;

being notes on various subjects connected with
(8

X

5)

Tokyo, 1898.

Fenollosa, Ernest Francisco.

—The
(10

Masters of Ukioye.
Paintings

A

complete historical descripiton of
prints
of

Japanese

and colour

the

Genre School.

X

7)

Now

York, 1896.

19

GoNSE, Louis.

— L'Art

Japonais.

Plates [some
Paris, 1883.

col.),

and

illustrations

in the text.

2 vols. (15

X

11)

Morrison, Arthur.

—The Painters 1902-1903.) — Painters
^The

of

Japan.

48

illus.

(The Monthly Review,
2 vols.

of Japan.

122 plates.

(15x11)

London,

1911.

Seidlitz,

Woldemar

von.
Ilhts.

—A

history of Japanese colour prints.
(1st ed., in

(10

X

7)

London,

1910.

German,

1897.)

Strange,

Edward Fairbrother.
artists'

Japanese colour prints. 84 process illus., and facsimiles of London, 1913. signatures. (9 X 5)

One

of the Victoria

and Albert Museum handbooks.

—Japanese
(9

Illustration.

A

history of the arts of wood-cutting
.

and

colour-printing in Japan.

8 chromo-lithogr and 80 photo-zincotypes.

X

6)

London, 1896.
of

2nd
:

ed. 1904.

—The colour prints
illus.
,

Japan

an appreciation and history.

Process

(2 col.)

One

of the

X 5) London, 1904. Langham Series of Art Monographs.
(7

—Toyokuni
printing.

I.

and

his Theatrical colour prints.

20 pp.

6

illus.

(Transactions of the Japan Society, London, 1907.)

—Tools and Materials
A
Victoria

illustrating the

Japanese method of colour(10

descriptive catalogue of a collection exhibited in the

and Albert Museum.

3

illus.

x

6)

London, 1913.

Succo, Friedrich.

—Utagawa

Toyokuni und seine

Zeit.

Illus.

2 vols.

(11

X

8)

Miinchen, 1913.

Tajima, Shiohi.

—Masterpieces
Woodcut

selected from the
Illus.

Ukiyoye School.
1908.

(Toyokuni

I.,

Vol. IV., p. 141.)

(19x13) Tokyo,

Printing.

—Woodcut
Studio,

Printing in water colours after the Japanese manner. Including interviews with S. Eida and J. D. Batten, an account (The 12 pp. 8 photo-zincotypes. of the process by R. Tokuno.
III., 110, 144.)

(12

x

9)

London, 1894.

Process of Wood-Cut Printing.
detail the process of printing a
;

A

volume

illustrating

in

Japanese colour i)rint from 91 giving an impression from each block and then the blocks 182 impresresult of its combination with the previous printings (19 X 13) (E. 1862-2043—1910.) sions in all.

NOTICE
direct from the Director and Secretary, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, S.W. 7, or through any bookseller, price Is. (By post Is. lid-) Orders should be accompanied by a remittance. Other publications of the Department of Engraving, Illustration and Design are shown below.

THIS Catalogue may be obtained either

Catalogue.
Publication No.

81 E.i.D.

Japanese Method of Colour Printing, Tools and
Materials illustrating, pp. 22
1913.
2d.
;

3 plates, 6

figs.

Roy. 8vo.

(By post

3hd.)

Guide.

88

E.I.D.

worth,
pp. 44

Japanese Colour Prints, lent by R. Esq., M.P. November 1913
;

Leicester
to

HarmsMarch 1914.
8|i.)

24 plates.

Roy. 8vo.

6d.

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89

E.I.D.

Japanese Colour Prints.
{Out of Print.)

By Edward

F.

Strange.

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