Russian Officer and His Wife, 1861

by Yoshiiku (1833 - 1904)

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Russian Officer and His Wife, 1861 by Yoshiiku (1833 - 1904)

Original Yoshiiku (1833 - 1904) Japanese Woodblock Print
Russian Officer and His Wife, 1861

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 - Great double portrait of a Russian officer in uniform and his wife in Yokohama. He wears a black jacket with a large medal and a blue sash across the chest, one hand resting atop a walking stick. She wears a red blouse tucked into a full skirt, with a cape over her shoulders and a blue cloth bonnet tied beneath her chin. A charming design.

Artist - Yoshiiku (1833 - 1904)

Image Size - 14 3/8" x 9 5/8" + margin as shown

Condition - Nice color and detail. A few small repairs.

Russian Officer and His Wife, 1861 by Yoshiiku (1833 - 1904)
Russian Officer and His Wife, 1861 by Yoshiiku (1833 - 1904)

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