Turning Japanese

Turning Japanese

Sunny Japan. London, Paris & New York: Raphael Tuck & Sons, ca. 1885-1899. 

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This chromolithographed picture book was truly an international production, simultaneously published in London, New York, and Paris--and printed at Tuck’s plant in Bavaria.  It capitalized on the great popularity of the Gilbert & Sullivan operetta The Mikado, which premiered March 14, 1885.  Although the woman on the cover wears a kimono and sports a pompadour, her features are strikingly Caucasian, as though she is “trying on” Japanese culture, not unlike the performers (and vicariously) the audience participating in the Mikado experience.   

Adopted by John B. Hench in memory of Marcus A. McCorison

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