Foreigners Enjoying a Party, 1861

by Yoshitora (active circa 1840 - 1880)

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Foreigners Enjoying a Party, 1861 by Yoshitora (active circa 1840 - 1880)

Original Yoshitora (active circa 1840 - 1880) Japanese Woodblock Print
Foreigners Enjoying a Party, 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 - Handsome scene of foreigners in Yokohama enjoying a party. At left, a man dances in front of a table spread with dishes of food and bottles of wine. The three bearded men sitting in chairs across from him watch with interest, one drinking from a glass goblet. Along the bottom edge, two Japanese beauties play the shamisen, while two foreign women at right chat together. They wear loose blouses and full hoop skirts. An intriguing look at the foreign quarter in Yokohama, nicely detailed.

Artist - Yoshitora (active circa 1840 - 1880)

Image Size - 14 1/4" x 19 5/8" + margins as shown

Condition - Nice color and detail. Losses and thinning at edges, repaired.

Foreigners Enjoying a Party, 1861 by Yoshitora (active circa 1840 - 1880)
Foreigners Enjoying a Party, 1861 by Yoshitora (active circa 1840 - 1880)

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