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Americans, 1861 by Yoshitora (active circa 1840 - 1880)

Original Yoshitora (active circa 1840 - 1880) Japanese Woodblock Print
Americans, 1861

Series; People from Foreign Lands

Yokohama-e - Yokohama-e are prints depicting foreigners in Yokohama after Japan was opened to trade with the West the 1850s. Previously, Japan had been closed to international trade with only a few strict exceptions, leading to curiosity among the Japanese about the new foreign arrivals and their strange clothing and customs. Many Yokohama-e designs featured people from the "Five Nations," the five countries that signed trade treaties with Japan in 1858: America, England, the Netherlands, Russia, and France. Others were fanciful depictions of foreign cities, often based on Western illustrations rather than direct observation. These prints proved popular, with hundreds of Yokohama-e published between 1859 and about 1880. These wonderful images provide a great look at this historic time period, using the traditional art form of Japanese woodblock prints to record a new subject.

Americans, 1861 - Terrific portrait of two American soldiers in uniform. The fellow at left wears a blue frock coat with gold buttons and a red belt, with red epaulets and a black two-cornered hat. He grips a sword in one hand as he chats with a soldier standing at attention with his gun against his shoulder. He wears a black jacket with gold epaulets and a tall shako hat with a red plume on the front. A fantastic interpretation of what the Japanese imagined foreigners to look like.

Artist - Yoshitora (active circa 1840 - 1880)

Image Size - 13 1/2" x 8 7/8"

Condition - Good color and detail. A few small repairs and horizontal creases.

Americans, 1861 by Yoshitora (active circa 1840 - 1880)
Americans, 1861 by Yoshitora (active circa 1840 - 1880)

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