Nagasaki and Yokohama Prints - This unusual design is from an intriguing group of reprints depicting foreigners in Japan. Some of the designs illustrate the early Dutch and Chinese traders in Nagasaki beginning in the early 17th century. Other prints show Americans and other traders at Yokoyama in the mid-nineteenth century after Japan was opened to trade with the West. We've never seen this series before. An interesting historical record of foreigners in Japan.
Woodblock reprints - In the 20th century, artists and publishers collaborated to recreate famous woodblock prints for interested Japanese collectors and Westerners looking for rare designs. New blocks were made, and the prints were painstakingly printed by artisan printers in the same method as the 19th century originals - one block for each color. Woodblock reprints were an opportunity to collect and enjoy a famous design at a small fraction of the price of an original. They still are today.
Artist - Edo era artist (unsigned)
Image Size - 8 1/2" x 13 3/4"
Condition - Excellent overall with no issues to report.