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Bankoku meisho zukushi no uchi: Igirisu Rondon no kaikō

Title: Complete Enumeration of Scenic Places in Foreign Nations: Port of London, England
Artist: Yoshitora (fl. ca. 1850-80)
Format: Woodblock print
Medium: Ink and color on paper
Dimensions: triptych: 36.5 x73.9 cm (14 3/8 x29 1/8 in.)
Source: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution

Using methods of composite visualization typical of his prints of foreign nations he had not seen, Yoshitora combined elements from various sources to create his image of London. The domed building in the distance represents Saint Paul's Cathedral, the source of which was probably the masthead of the Illustrated London News. The river Thames, shown in the foreground, is spanned by a large stone bridge on the left with large ships beyond; many of the near figures are based on other prints by Yoshitora. The building compound with large trees on the right derives from an illustration in Warabe toki bankoku banashi (Tales of All Nations with Captions for Children), Yoshitora's collaborative work with author Kanagaki Robun (1829-1894). [Adapted from Ann Yonemura, Yokohama: Prints from Nineteenth-Century Japan]

Visualizing Cultures image number: Y0164

Keywords: London, Great Britain, British, ships, flags, Western cities, carriages, Kanagaki Robun, Illustrated London News

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