• Chinese children and an elephant from the <br>
Hokusai school - <i>shita-e</i> (preliminary drawing)
  • Trimmed ghost print
  • The Syllable M(ま)as in Masakado (まさかど): Iwai Kumesaburō III (岩井粂三郎) as Takiyasha-hime (瀧夜叉姫) and Nakamura Fukusuke I (初代中村福助ヵ) as Ōtaku Tarō (大屋太郎) from the series <i>Seven Calligraphic Models for Each Character in the Kana Syllabary</i> (<i>Seisho nanatsu iroha</i> - 清書七伊呂波) 
  • <i>Bijin</i> looking in a mirror from the series <i>Light Makeup of the Present Day</i> (<i>Tōsei usugeshō</i> - 当世 薄化粧)
  • Arashi Kitsusaburō II (嵐橘三郎) as the hairdresser Tasuke and Arashi Koroku IV (嵐小六) as Yari no Gonza (鑓の権三) or 'Gonza the Spearman' in <i>Fushimikaido Uwasa no Akatsuki</i> (伏見街道噂暁月)
  • <i>Comparison of Popular Beauties</i> (<i>Ryūkō Bijin Awase</i> - 流行美人合), three geisha at Nakachō (仲町 送り)
  • Two <i>oiran</i>, Inaoka (稲岡) and Shigee (? 茂枝) of the Okamotoya (岡本屋), from the series <i>Seirō bijin awase</i> (青楼美人合)
  • 53 Stages of the Tōkaidō (東海道五十三次) theme game board Tōkaidō <i>sugoroku</i> 絵双六 東海道
  • Segawa Rokō IV (瀬川路考) standing with Bandō Mitsugorō III (坂東彦三郎)
  • Nakamura Utaemon III (中村歌右衛門) as Kan Shōjō (菅丞相) in <i> Sugiwara's Secrets of Calligraphy</i> (<i>Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami</i> - 菅原伝授手習鑑)

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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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