Utagawa Yoshiharu


Croue Soulie [The French Great Circus]
(Furansu dai kyokuba)

signed Yoshiharu ga, with publisher's seal Kiso, Bakurocho Yonchome, Kiya Sojiro han (Kiya Sojiro), combined date and censor seal Aratame hitsuji-san (examined,year of the goat [1871], 3rd month)

oban tate-e 14 3/8 by 28 1/2 in., 36.5 by 72.3 cm

The French equestrian Louis Soullier brought his circus to Japan in 1871 opening on August 8th in Yokohama. Unlike his earlier circus counterpart Professor Risley, whose troupe in 1864 had been confined to only staging performances in Yokohama , Soullier was able to obtain permission to perform on grounds at the Yasakuni Shrine in Tokyo in December 1871 to great acclaim.

Julia Meech-Pekarik, The World of the Meiji Print: Impressions of a New Civilization, 1986, p. 82 (on Soullier)
Edo Tokyo Museum, accession no. 92200346
Waseda University Theatre Museum (incomplete sheets): 012-0380, 012-0386, 012-0388
Philadelphia Museum of Art, accession no. 1968-165-24a-c (similar composition also by Yoshiharu)
(inv. no. 10-5230)

price: Sold


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