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Gaikoku jinbutsu:Dontoku no zu

Title: Picture of People of the Five Nations: A Sunday
Artist: Yoshitora (fl. ca. 1850-80)
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

Foreign merchants, officers, and ladies gather for refreshments in a setting that represents a mercantile establishment along the Yokohama waterfront. The scene is composed of figures duplicated from other works, including prints from the series "Pictures of Foreign People" (Gaikoku jinbutsu zuga) by Yoshiiku (1833-1904), which was published earlier in 1861. The somewhat awkward representation of the building suggests that it, too, was composed from fragmentary elements gleaned from a number of sources by an artist whose understanding of linear perspective was less than perfect. [Adapted from Ann Yonemura, Yokohama: Prints from Nineteenth-Century Japan]

Visualizing Cultures image number: Y0139

Keywords: Westerners, Yokohama, Chinese, ships, entertainment, flags, "Five Nations"

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