Artist: Hirezaki Eiho
Title: Natural Mother (Kuchi-e)
Date: Ca. 1900.
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A book illustration for the story, "Stepmother, Stepson" by Yanagawa which was published by Bungei Kurabu, a popular literary magazine in Meiji era. The story was a tear-jerking soap opera about the child custody battle between two mothers. The unfriendly description of the natural mother as a Westernized, rich, ego-maniac. The stepmother was depicted as a traditional, passive, helpless woman whom everone should sympathize with.