Petrie-Rogers Gallery - Japanese Woodblock Prints

Japanese Yokohama Woodblock Print Sumo & W. H. Taft

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Directory: Archives: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Pre 1910: Item # 1078980
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Japanese Meiji period woodblock print depicting William Howard Taft viewing a sumo match during his 1905 diplomatic mission to Japan. With Taft weighing in at over 300 lbs., this print is likely offering a subtle comparison between Taft and the wrestler. This print is unsigned and undated. 14 3/4"V x 10 3/8"H. Very good color and impression quality. Good overall condition with pigment transference at the upper left corner, some minor soiling, and a few small holes and thinned areas. The print is not backed and has full margins. There are folds and wrinkles in the paper and minor fraying of the edges. This print is from a New Orleans collection.