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Amierikajin yūkyō

Title: Americans Strolling About
Artist: Yoshifuji (1828-1887)
Format: Woodblock print
Medium: Ink and color on paper
Dimensions: 35.4 x24.6 cm (13 15/16 x9 11/16 in.)
Source: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution

Using the roman alphabet, the artist has written in the label the Japanese word for "Americans," dividing the syllables to arrange the characters within the traditional narrow, vertical title cartouche. An American family is the subject of the print: the father smokes a cigar while the mother carries a boy on her back. Shaded areas on the clothing and faces of the figures reveal the artist's study of light and shadow from Western pictorial art. [Adapted from Ann Yonemura, Yokohama: Prints from Nineteenth-Century Japan]

Visualizing Cultures image number: Y0137

Keywords: westerners, Americans, foreign children, tobacco, foreign languages

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