Original woodblock print - Paper - Gigadō Ashiyuki (act 1814-1835) - Actor Nakamura Utaemon III in the role of Ishikawa Goemon - Japan - 1817 (Bunka 14)
Size: high 37cm, wide 28cm
Actor Ichikawa Ebijûrô I
Object history: Gigadō Ashiyuki (戯画堂 芦幸) was an ukiyo-e designer active around 1813-1833. It is not know when he was born nor when he died. He lived and worked in Osaka, many of his works were produced as commission works for the kabuki theatres.
Object History: From the collection of Arthur Halcrow Verstage. Arthur Halcrow Verstage (1875-1969) was an architect who spent much of his career in the public sector. He was a student at the Royal Academy School of Architecture in the 1900s and was elected as an Associate of the Royal Institute of British Architects in 1902. By 1903 he was a student and assistant at the Central School of Arts and Crafts (later known as the Central School of Art and Design) in London where William Lethaby was principal and a great influence on him. He then oversaw the design of the new school in Southampton Row from 1905-8. From here he became an architect for London County Council and was involved with many London societies, and as a founding member of the Kelmscott Fellowship, a forerunner to The William Morris Society. His large and varied collection was a reflection of his wide interest in the arts. His archive was purchased by The William Morris Society in 2005.