View of Foreigners, 1861

by Yoshitomi (active circa 1848 - 1880)

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View of Foreigners, 1861 by Yoshitomi (active circa 1848 - 1880)

Original Yoshitomi (active circa 1848 - 1880) Japanese Woodblock Print
View of Foreigners, 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 depiction of two foreigners on horseback in Yokohama, identified by country in the red cartouches next to each figure. The woman is from England, and she rides sidesaddle wearing a red button front blouse and a full skirt, along with a strange cloth headdress. The man is from France, and he wears a military uniform and a hat with a feather. A wonderfully detailed design.

Artist - Yoshitomi (active circa 1848 - 1880)

Image Size - 14" x 9 7/8"

Condition - Nice detail. A few repairs and creases.

View of Foreigners, 1861 by Yoshitomi (active circa 1848 - 1880)
View of Foreigners, 1861 by Yoshitomi (active circa 1848 - 1880)

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