Englishmen Dining, 1861

by Yoshitora (active circa 1840 - 1880)

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Englishmen Dining, 1861 by Yoshitora (active circa 1840 - 1880)

Original Yoshitora (active circa 1840 - 1880) Japanese Woodblock Print
Englishmen Dining, 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 - Intriguing Yokohama-e print depicting two Englishmen dining at a circular table with a short cloth skirt. The bearded man in the foreground sits in a rocking chair with a glass goblet in his hand. His companion sits in a rocker with a wicker back, absorbed in the book he is reading. He wears a pair of spectacles, and a black button front jacket. A terrific look at Westerners in Japan, nicely detailed.

Artist - Yoshitora (active circa 1840 - 1880)

Image Size - 13 3/4" x 9 3/8" + top margin as shown

Condition - Good detail. Small losses, repaired. A couple creases at edges.

Englishmen Dining, 1861 by Yoshitora (active circa 1840 - 1880)
Englishmen Dining, 1861 by Yoshitora (active circa 1840 - 1880)

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