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Police Confront Man in Black Makeup from the Shinbun zue

 

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Police Confront Man in Black Makeup

from the Shinbun zue

by Utagawa Yoshitaki, 1875

IHL Cat. #311

About This Print

At the top left of this "news nishiki-e" is a red cartouche held aloft by two cherubs containing the name of the Osaka illustrated newspaper Shinbun zue 新聞圖會.  There are two versions of this print that are differentiated by the re-carving of the red cartouche containing the newspaper's name and the addition of the number 39 (三十九号) to the cartouche, as shown below. 

In this print, two policemen startle a man wearing black makeup (黒塗り) who fell asleep after getting drunk at a banquet and cannot remember much of anything. 

Waseda University Library notes:
酒宴の余興で顔に黒塗りのまま前後不覚に寝入る欠損あり

 
Waseda University Library
 
detail of banners
Waseda print left
this collection's print right.

For a summary of the brief life of nishiki-e shinbun (newspaper color woodblock prints) see the article Nishiki-e shinbun and Newspapers in Meiji Japan.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog
 #311
 Title or Description  Police confront man in black makeup
 Newspaper  Shinbun zue 新聞圖會 [新聞図会]
 Artist  Utagawa Yoshitaki (1841-1899)
 Signature  Sasaki Yoshitaki 笹木芳瀧 
 Seal  not sealed
 Writer of Text
 Sasaki Yoshitaki 笹木芳瀧
 Publication Date  1875
 Publisher  Yaoya Zensuke (seal name Yaozen han 八尾善版) - obliterated on this print due to paper wear in lower right corner [Marks: pub. ref. 617; seal ref. similar to 25-470]
 Carver Hori Seishichi? 彫政七 - carver's seal obliterated on this print due to paper wear in lower right corner 
 Impression  excellent
 Colors  excellent
 Condition  fair - thinning and rubbing obliterating rectangular cartouches bottom right;  not backed
 Genre  ukiyo-e; nishiki-e shinbun
 Miscellaneous  
 Format  vertical chuban
 H x W Paper
 9 5/8 x 7 in. (24.4 x 17.8 cm)
 Literature

 Collections This Print
 Kanagawa University LibraryWaseda University Library 10 8069 32

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