A silk specialized underkimono called ‘dounuki’, featuring a bodice of uncut cloth of different patterns (called “kiredori”) created by the katazome technique, bordered by a chirimen silk patterned lower and sides. Inner lining is of natural off-white handspun and handwoven tsmugi silk.  Late Edo to early Meiji period (1850-1880), Japan.  The Kimono Gallery

All movables of wonder, from all parts,
Are here: Albinos, painted Indians, Dwarfs,
The horse of knowledge, and the learned pig,
The stone-eater, the man that swallows fire,
Giants, ventriloquists, the invisible girl,
The bust that speaks and moves its goggling eyes,
The wax-work, clock-work, all the marvelous craft
Of modern Merlins, wild beasts, puppet-show,
All out-o’-the-way, far-fetched, perverted things,
All freaks of nature, all Promethean thoughts
Of man; his dullness, madness, and their feats
All jumbled up together, to compose
A parliament of monsters
—  William Wordsworth, The Prelude (1850)

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Edouard Manet painted The Absinthe Drinker in 1859.

The man depicted appears to be in the midst of the hallucinations for which absinthe is so famous, his eyes staring out into the distance as he takes an unsteady step.

He wears a beaver hat, but its brim is bent and creased with use—he has fallen from what he once was.

A full glass stands beside him (as a sign to the viewer), but the bottle below imply the glasses that have gone before.

Collection’s Highlight: Print 

Love when a great dress is found in an unlikely place, check out those dynamite sleeves! While a volunteer was doing inventory this great print appeared, and I imagined you all might like to take a look! Note the fine blue coat with ruffled collar our young friend wears. 

The Morning Lesson, ca 1850, Turner and Fisher, New York, Paper, H: 7.5in x W: 6.25in. The Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, New York, Gift of Ruth Bissell, N0467.1948.

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Gustave Courbet painted Louis Guéymard as Robert le Diable in 1857.

The scene illustrates a moment from the opera Robert le Diable, by Giacomo Meyerbeer. As the Metropolitan Museum writes, the “setting is the cavern where Robert plays dice with two servants of the devil while his father Bertram, an evil genius, looks on.”

Three Crows against the Rising Sun, from the series Three Sheets (Mihira no uchi)
Artist: Totoya Hokkei (Japanese, 1780–1850)
Period: Edo period (1615–1868)
Date: mid- 1810s
Culture: Japan
Medium: Part of an album of woodblock prints (surimono); ink and color on paper

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