by Yoshitora (active circa 1840 - 1880)
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.
Comments - Handsome scene of foreigners in Yokohama attending a party. A woman in a full hoop skirt and ruffled bonnet chats with a man wearing a blue coat over yellow plaid pants and a tall hat with an eagle insignia, who gestures with his hand. At left, a Chinese waiter holds a tray of refreshments. The "Five Nations" of the title refers to the five countries that signed trade treaties with Japan after it was opened to the West in 1858 (America, the Netherlands, Russia, England, and France). An intriguing look at the foreign quarter in Yokohama, nicely detailed.
Artist - Yoshitora (active circa 1840 - 1880)
Image Size - 14 3/8" x 9 5/8" + left margin as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Slight paper remnants on reverse at top corners from previous mounting. Vertical fold at side. Slight thinning at edges, small hole, repaired. Slight toning and soiling, creasing at edges. Please see photos for details.
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