by Yoshimori (1830 - 1884)
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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.
View in London: Prosperity of Countries: London, England, 1872 - Fascinating depiction of London, England, with horse-drawn carriages and pedestrians crossing a bridge over the Thames River., Tall buildings line the river's edge, extending as far as the eye can see beneath clouds drifting across a sky shaded from blue to yellow to red. Boats move up and down the water, with tall masts visible beyond the bridge at left. The image appears to be based on a Western engraving, as the shadows of the bridge and boats are shaded with narrow lines, and the skyline seems more accurate than fanciful, as in some Yokohama prints. A terrific illustration with wonderful detail, also in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. A rarely seen Yokohama-e design.
Artist - Yoshimori (1830 - 1884)
Image Size - 14 1/8" x 27 7/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Three separate panels, backed with paper. Losses, tears, holes, and thinning, repaired. Toning, soiling, creasing, stains, slight rubbing, slight paper remnants. Please see photos for details. Good overall.
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