Kunichika: Japanese Prints


Kunichika was one of the most important 19th century print makers in Japan. Born in Edo (present day Tokyo), Kunichika was trained by Kunisada, a leading print maker of the time, and went on to be a highly original master in his own right.

Kunichika embraced modern subjects and his prints reflected the great social and political change in Japan at the time. He was best known for his depictions of the Kabuki theatre, capturing the drama and excitement of scenes from popular plays and famous actors.

More than 60 of Kunichika’s hand-printed single, double and triptych prints feature in this must-see exhibition, which is the first in a national gallery outside of Japan to focus on his work.


Caption: Portraits by Toyohara Kunichika, digitally enhanced by rawpixel.com. Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license


Further information:
  • Opening hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 10.00 am – 6.00 pm; closed Mondays
  • Free entry
  • Location Lady Lever Art Gallery, Port Sunlight Village, Wirral CH62 5EQ
  • Getting there: By Car: if you are travelling from Liverpool, use the Birkenhead (Queensway) tunnel. From elsewhere, leave the M53 at junction 4 and follow the signs for Port Sunlight village; By Bus: 464 bus to Bebington Road (from Sir Thomas St in Liverpool) 38 bus to Bebington rail station (runs between Clatterbridge Hospital and West Kirby station). For more information please call 0151 478 4136