- Museum number
- Object: (Gazu) Yakusha sangaikyo (画図) 佻憂三階興 (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
- 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.)