• A cool evening watching fireworks at Ryōgoku Bridge, Edo (<i>Toto Ryōgokubashi Yusuzumi no zu</i> - 東都両国橋夕涼図)
  • <i>Bijin</i> carrying a <i>janome-gasa</i> or snake's eye umbrella with 3 fan motifs, one with the Zodiac sign of the tiger - one panel of a triptych? - <i>Yayoi</i> (弥生), the 3rd month
  • Onoe Kikugorō III (尾上菊五郎) as <i>Chūshingura</i> character Kanpei (勘平) at the back gate of Tadayoshi castle
  • Matsumoto Kōshirō V (松本幸四郎) as the robber Ishikawa Goemon (石川五右衛門) in the play <i>Sanmon gosan no kiri</i> [楼門五三桐]
  • Ichikawa Danjūrō VIII as Kamiya Iemon (神谷仁右衛門) with his servant, Kohei and his dead wife Oiwa (お岩)  nailed to a door along with images of their skeletons - a <i>shikake-e</i> or 'mechanical print'
  • Front and back covers
  • Ichimura Uzaemon IX as Soga no Gorō
  • Sino-Japanese War triptych
  • Picking Plum Blossoms
  • Tō Ei (董永) on the left and Chū Yū (仲由) on the right, from the series <i>The Twenty-four Chinese Paragons of Filial Piety</i> (<i>Morokoshi nijūshi-kō</i> - 唐土廾四孝)

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Ukiyo-e Prints in the Mike Lyon Collection

Mike Lyon (artist b. 1951) was fortunate to have grown up familiar with Japanese prints. In his youth Lyon’s parents and grandparents displayed examples that certainly inspired his own artistic development. He began acquiring Japanese color woodcuts early in his career as an artist. The types of prints that feature most prominently among the many hundreds in Lyon's collection reflect the artist’s deep appreciation of the human figure and the expressive facial portrait. The vast majority of Japanese prints in the Lyon collection represent views of actors yakusha-e) and beautiful women (bijin-ga), and in particular the close-up, bust-length portraits of the same (okubi-e).

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