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Steam Ship, 1861 by Hiroshige II (1826 - 1869)

Item Number: 875617

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Auction Type: Standard Auction
Auction Category: Edo Era, 1603 - 1868
Item Number: 875617
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Steam Ship, 1861 by Hiroshige II (1826 - 1869)

Original Hiroshige II (1826 - 1869) Japanese Woodblock Print
Steam Ship, 1861
Series; Foreign Ships Entering Our Harbors

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.

Steam Ship, 1861 - Fantastic depiction of an American steam ship from a rarely seen Hiroshige II series depicting foreign vessels. Smoke billows from the stack of the paddle wheeler, and an American flag flutters in the breeze. In the foreground, a Chinese boy gestures at the ship as he chats with his companion. Wonderful detail in this unusual subject. The first time we have seen a print from this series.

Artist - Hiroshige II (1826 - 1869)
Image Size - 13 1/2" x 9" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Horizontal centerfold, fold at corner. Small loss, wormholes, repaired. Slight soiling. Please see photos for details.

Steam Ship, 1861 by Hiroshige II (1826 - 1869)

Steam Ship, 1861 by Hiroshige II (1826 - 1869)

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