by Yoshitora (active circa 1840 - 1880)
Series; Pictures of All Nations
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.
English Couple, 1860 - Terrific portrait of an English couple from a series depicting foreigners from various nations. The woman rides a lively brown horse, wearing a long blue coat over a full black skirt. The man is dressed in a black jacket and white pants shaded in blue-gray. He has a beard and mustache, and smokes a pipe, a cane visible at his side. A great view of foreigners in Yokohama. The Ritsumeikan University has this image in its collection.
Artist - Yoshitora (active circa 1840 - 1880)
Image Size - 13 3/4" x 9 3/4" + top margin as shown
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Horizontal folds. Small losses at corner and edge, slight thinning at edges, a few holes, repaired. Slight soiling and creasing, slight rubbing at edges, a few small spots. Please see photos for details.
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