Benjamin Franklin, circa 1870

by Meiji era artist (unsigned)

Current Status

Benjamin Franklin, circa 1870 by Meiji era artist (unsigned)

Original Meiji era Japanese Woodblock Print
Benjamin Franklin, 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.

Benjamin Franklin, circa 1870 - Amusing demonstration of Benjamin Franklin's invention of the lightning rod. The inventor and his wife are shown inside their house during a thunderstorm. They both cover their ears as lightning strikes a chain attached to the lightning rod atop the house, which is grounded in a basin of water at lower left.

Artist - Meiji era artist (unsigned)

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

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

Benjamin Franklin, circa 1870 by Meiji era artist (unsigned)
Benjamin Franklin, circa 1870 by Meiji era artist (unsigned)

Auction Rules and guidelines

This Auction Falls Under Our Standard Auction Rules and Guidelines

If you are a new bidder, please read the Rules and Guidelines page before bidding.