Foreign Trading Houses at Yokohama, 1871

by Hiroshige III (1843 - 1894)

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Foreign Trading Houses at Yokohama, 1871 by Hiroshige III (1843 - 1894)

Original Hiroshige III (1843 - 1894) Japanese Woodblock Print
Foreign Trading Houses at Yokohama, 1871

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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.

Foreign Trading Houses at Yokohama, 1871 - Terrific view of the area of Yokohama that was home to foreign trading companies. Only a few Japanese can be seen among the Westerners. At left, two men ride in a horse-drawn carriage while a clerk sitting at a desk can be seen through the window behind them. In the distance at right, ships can be seen in the harbor. Wonderfully detailed.

Artist - Hiroshige III (1843 - 1894)

Image Size - 13 3/4" x 18 3/4"

Condition - Good color and detail. Vertical fold between panels. A few repairs, wrinkling throughout.

Foreign Trading Houses at Yokohama, 1871 by Hiroshige III (1843 - 1894)
Foreign Trading Houses at Yokohama, 1871 by Hiroshige III (1843 - 1894)

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