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(1839 - 1892)

Comic Pictures of Famous Places in Early days of Tokyo
- Tôkyô kaika kyôga meishô

Signed:                   Yoshitoshi giga.
Publisher:              Tsunashima Kamekichi
Date:                       1/1881
Size:                        c. 36 x 24.5 cms / c. 14 1/8" x 9 3/4"

FINE impression and color, a few small, backed
wormholes, else in FINE condition.

Unusual, UNCUT ôban-sized sheet featuring two designs from this lively
Yoshitoshi series. - These woodblocks were designed to be cut and sold
as two separate chûban prints, - now rare to be found as uncut pages.

ref. no.:    # 756044
Price:       € 490.00
Top:          A Client Gets the Wrong Room of a Brothel in Shinagawa.
Bottom:   Careless Mistake of a Noodle Vendor in Takanawa in Shiba

Yoshitoshi's comic series titled "Crazy Pictures of Famous Places in Tokyo" was published in 1881. These satirical images parodied life in modern Tokyo with scenes ranging from an octopus refusing to be sold at a fish market to physical mishaps on the street to encounters with ghosts and monsters. Watch for glimpses of the modernization taking place during the Meiji era, such as Western dress or inventions like the camera and telescope. Like his full size prints, these designs are carefully drawn and printed with the same attention to detail. These witty and amusing scenes provide a comic look at contemporary life in Tokyo as designed by one of the great woodblock masters.

- Roger S. Keyes, "Courage and Silence ..."; 1982; series no. #436.

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