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Gaikoku kodomo yūgi no zu

Title: Games of Foreign Children
Artist: Yoshikazu (fl. ca. 1850-70)
Format: Woodblock print
Medium: Ink and color on paper
Dimensions: triptych: 34.9 x72.9 cm (13 3/4 x28 11/16 in.)
Source: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution

Among the most delightful subjects of Yokohama prints is the series by Yoshikazu of foreign children at play. Yoshikazu devised the prints from monochromatic illustrations in Western newspapers and magazines. The boys play on stilts while the girls skip rope. The rope is drawn in an awkward and impractical position, probably owing to the artist's lack of familiarity with the sport. [Adapted from Ann Yonemura, Yokohama: Prints from Nineteenth-Century Japan]

Visualizing Cultures image number: Y0138

Keywords: Westerners, entertainment, foreign children

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