Dutch Couple, 1860

by Yoshitora (active circa 1840 - 1880)

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Dutch Couple, 1860 by Yoshitora (active circa 1840 - 1880)

Original Yoshitora (active circa 1840 - 1880) Japanese Woodblock Print
Dutch Couple, 1860

Series; Pictures of All Nations

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.

Dutch Couple, 1860 - Handsome portrait of a Dutch couple in Yokohama. The man sits in a wooden armchair, looking up from the book he is reading. He wears a black button front jacket over a white shirt, and he has curly hair and a beard. The woman wears a red tunic over a full hoop skirt with a charming pattern of phoenixes in flight, leaves and blossoms, a green collar or scarf wrapped around her neck. A great yokohama-e design.

Artist - Yoshitora (active circa 1840 - 1880)

Image Size - 14 1/8" x 9 3/4"

Condition - Good detail. Backed with paper. Horizontal centerfold. Small wormholes, repaired. Light creasing throughout.

Dutch Couple, 1860 by Yoshitora (active circa 1840 - 1880)
Dutch Couple, 1860 by Yoshitora (active circa 1840 - 1880)

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