• Volume 5 of <i>Gaten Tsūkō</i> [画典通考]
  • Matsumoto Kōshirō V (松本幸四郎) as Mizuemon (水右衛門) about to strike the geisha Omatsu with his sword
  • Volume from <i>Picture Book of the Taikoki</i> (Ehon Taikoki 絵本太閤記)
  • View of Otsu (<i>Otsu no zu</i>: 大津之図) from the chuban series Fifty-three Stations of the Tōkaidō Road (<i>Tōkaidō gojūsan tsugi no uchi</i>: 東海道五十三次之内)
  • Iwai Kumesaburō III [岩井粂三郎] as the Weaver Maiden Shokujo from 'A Parody of the Twelve Months' (<i>Mitate ju ni kagetsu nouchi</i> - 見立十二ヶ月ノ内) representing the 7th and 8th months
  • Nakamura Tōzō III as Iwase Kibunta and Nakamura Utaemon III as Jiraiya on the left in the play <i>Yaemusubi Jiraiya Monogatari</i> [柵自来也談] - 'The story of Jiraiya at the weir'
  • An actor in the role of Nagoya Sanzaburō (名古屋山三郎) in the play <i>Keisei Toyama Zakura</i> (京成 富山 桜)
  • Ichikawa Danjūrō VII (市川 團十郎) as the <i>sumō</i> wrestler Iwakawa Jirōkichi (岩川次郎吉) - right-hand panel of a diptych
  • Honjō (本庄): Shirai Gonpachi (白井權八) from the series <i>Sixty-nine Stations of the Kisokaidō Road</i> 
(<i>Kisokaidō rokujūkyū tsugi no uchi</i> - 木曾街道六十九次之内)
  • <i>A Collection of Beautiful Women: The Pride of Edo</i> — 江戸自慢美人揃

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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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