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.