- Museum number
- Object: (Gazu) Yakusha sangaikyo (画図) 俳優三階興 (Amusements of Actors on the Third Floor (Illustrated))
Illustrated book, print. Vol. 1 of two volumes. Depictions of actors off stage and in private settings. Colour woodblock-printed.
- Production date
Height: 21.80 centimetres
Width: 15.60 centimetres
- Curator's comments
A draft translation is held in the Dept of Asia library.
Hillier and Smith 1980
The private lives of entertainers were of deep interest to the public, and this very finely printed work, its designs often appropriately dramatic, served as a superior sort of gossip-sheet. The 'third floor' housed the actors' dressing-rooms.
Toda, Kenji, 'Descriptive Catalogue of the Japanese and Chinese Illustrated Books in the Ryerson Library of the Art Institute of Chicago', Chicago, 1931, pp. 287-8.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
'Kabuki Heroes of the Osaka Stage, 1780-1830'
British Museum, 30th Jun-15th Sep 2005
Osaka Rekishi Hakubutsukan, 1st Oct-23rd Nov 2005
Waseda Daigaku Tsubouchi-Hakushi Kinen Engeki Hakubutsukan, 1st Dec 2005-23rd Jan 2006
- Acquisition date
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Previous owner/ex-collection number: JH.196 (Hillier no.)