Original Meiji era Japanese Woodblock Print
Man Looking at a Clock, circa 1870
Series; Series; Lives of Great People of the Occident
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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.
Man Looking at a Clock, circa 1870 - Interesting scene of a man looking up at a clock hanging on the wall as its pendulum swings. He stands beside a bed with an open book on a table nearby, and potted flowers on the window sill.
Artist - Meiji era artist (unsigned)
Image Size - 13 3/8" x 9" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Partially backed with paper. Stitching holes at side, thinning and small losses at edges, repaired. Slight toning and soiling, rubbing at edges, stains. Please see photos for details.