Thomas Carlyle, circa 1870

by Meiji era artist (unsigned)

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Thomas Carlyle, circa 1870 by Meiji era artist (unsigned)

Original Meiji era Japanese Woodblock Print
Thomas Carlyle, circa 1870

Series; Series; Lives of Great People of the Occident
A Fuji Arts Special Offer Auction

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.

Thomas Carlyle, circa 1870 - Unusual scene of the Scottish author, historian, and mathematician Thomas Carlyle horrified to find a pile of his manuscripts burning after his dog has upset a lamp.

Artist - Meiji era artist (unsigned)

Image Size - 13 3/8" x 9" + margins as shown

Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Backed with paper. Stitching holes at side, repaired. Slight toning and soiling, rubbing at edges, a few creases, stains. Please see photos for details.

Thomas Carlyle, circa 1870 by Meiji era artist (unsigned)
Thomas Carlyle, circa 1870 by Meiji era artist (unsigned)

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