The subject of Tagasode, Japanese for "whose sleeves?" became fashionable in the 18th century as a means to evoke beautiful women whilst only depicting their kimonos. This six-panel painting recalls this tradition, all the while using western techniques such as oil paint and shadowing. For more on the Japanese development of this genre see Miyeko Murase, Byobu, Japanese Screens from New York Collections, New York, 1971, pp. 92-95.
On May 10, 1881, William founded Fahnestock & Co. The first Fahnestock & Co. office was located on the fifth floor of the First National Bank building at Two Wall Street, in New York City. Later, William Fahnestock, Jr. became a partner in the company and, upon the death of the founder in 1936, succeeded his father as Senior Partner.
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