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Chikanobu 1838-1912, Toyohara, Japan  
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Themes: Graphic art/Woodblocks
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  From one of the series,Azuma Nishiki Chuya Kurabe Edo Embroidery Pictures,Comparison of the Day and Night This shows the famous writer and lover,Izumi Skikibu,with her daughterHer diary and poetic memoirs are an important part of Heian literature.She married, but the marriage ended somehow and she went on to have quite a life.The top panel shows her before or after a tryst with an admirer or suitor.