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Chiarini's Royal Italian Circus in Japan. Triptych woodblock print by Utagawa (aka. Baido) Masanobu (act.1882-1887). This print is particularly interesting for its precise and detailed rendition, and in that its center section has a small booklet glued on it, which allows to change the image by flipping its pages, and therefore to identify the acts in the show that particularly impressed Chaiarini's Japanese audiences. The main text in the center panel says: "The Chiarini equestrian troupe and wild-animal menagerie, which came to Japan from Italy, recently performed in Tokyo. From the first day on, they were extremely popular, and met with enormous applause. With crowds lined up in front of the gates, waiting to get in, it was a very modern sight." (The print is dated September 9, 1886) — Document courtesy of AK-Antiek, Coevorden, The Netherlands — www.akantiek.nl

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