Posted by Alec W. (184.108.40.206) on June 02, 2021 at 16:37:18:
In Reply to: What is this image posted by Leah Benjamin on June 02, 2021 at 06:07:40:
It's a frontispiece illustration, or "kuchi-e" 口絵. According to this entry in JAODB, it was designed by Mizuno Toshikata 水野年方 for a 1906 edition of the literary magazine Bungei Kurabu 文芸倶楽部:
Many of the designers of kuchi-e were self-consciously incorporating elements of "western" style, which may be why it looks odd to you.
Here is an impression in the Honolulu Museum of Art:
Images of many impressions are available on ukiyo-e.org, see:
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