Gigadō Ashiyuki

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Examples of the signature of Ashiyuki, the one on the right reading “Nagakuni”
Woodblock print by Gigadō Ashiyuki of kabuki actor Arashi Kikusaburō II in character

Gigadō Ashiyuki (戯画堂 芦幸) was a designer of ukiyo-e style Japanese woodblock prints in Osaka, who was active from about 1813 to 1833. He was a pupil of Asayama Ashikuni, and was also a haiku poet. Ashiyuki is best known for his ōban sized (about 14 by 10 inches or 36 by 25 centimeters), prints of kabuki actors, although he also illustrated books, and designed surimono.


Gigadō Ashiyuki used the name "Nagakuni" (長国) from about 1814 to 1821. There is another Osaka printmaker who in known as either Shūei Nagakuni or as Naniwa Nagakuni. This latter artist was a student of Nagahide and was active from about 1814 to the 1820s.


His work is held in the permanent collections of many museums worldwide, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art,[1] the Indianapolis Museum of Art,[2] the Walters Art Museum,[3] the Van Gogh Museum,[4] the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco,[5] the Finnish National Gallery,[6] the Birmingham Museums,[7] the British Museum,[8] the Philadelphia Museum of Art,[9] the University of Michigan Museum of Art,[10] the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston,[11] and the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum.[12]


  1. ^ "Arashi Rikan II as Miyamoto Musashi". The Met. Retrieved 21 May 2022.
  2. ^ "Ichikawa". Indianapolis Museum of Art Online Collection. Retrieved 2021-02-22.
  3. ^ "Ichikawa Ichizo II as Sakata Zohachi, Sawamura Tanosuke II as Hana no ya Yaegiri". The Walters Art Museum. Retrieved 2021-02-22.
  4. ^ "けいせいかづらき あらし 富美三郎 [二枚続きのうち左] - Van Gogh Museum". (in Japanese). Retrieved 2021-02-22.
  5. ^ "Nakamura Utaemon as Ishikawa Goemon and Arashi Rikan as Gengoro - Ashiyuki". FAMSF Search the Collections. 2015-05-08. Retrieved 2021-02-22.
  6. ^ "Finnish National Gallery - Work: The Actor Arashi Kitsusaburo II Playing the Role of Kajiwara Heiji". Retrieved 2021-02-22.
  7. ^ "Nakamura Utaemon as a Samurai with a Body Hidden in his Kimono". Retrieved 2021-02-22.
  8. ^ "print | British Museum". The British Museum. Retrieved 2021-02-22.
  9. ^ "Philadelphia Museum of Art - Collections Object : Arashi Kitsusaburō (II) as Suzuki Magoichi". Retrieved 2021-02-22.
  10. ^ "Exchange: Bandô Tomisaburô as Princess Katsura, seated by a waterfall". Retrieved 2021-02-22.
  11. ^ "Actors Sawamura Kunitarô II as Ushiwakamaru (R) and Arashi Kitsusaburô II as Kumasaka Chôhan (L)". Retrieved 2021-02-22.
  12. ^ "The Actor Nakamura Karoku as Takao | Gigado Ashiyuki | Profile of Works". TOKYO FUJI ART MUSEUM. Retrieved 2021-02-22.
  • Keyes, Roger S. & Keiko Mizushima, The Theatrical World of Osaka Prints, Philadelphia, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1973, 261, 270.
  • Lane, Richard. (1978). Images from the Floating World, The Japanese Print. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780192114471; OCLC 5246796
  • Newland, Amy Reigle. (2005). Hotei Encyclopedia of Japanese Woodblock Prints. Amsterdam: Hotei. ISBN 9789074822657; OCLC 61666175
  • Roberts, Laurance P. (1976). A Dictionary of Japanese Artists. New York: Weatherhill. ISBN 9780834801134; OCLC 2005932