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Yokohama kaigan tetsudō jōkisha no zu

Title: Picture of a Steam Locomotive along the Yokohama Waterfront
Artist: Hiroshige III (1842-1894)
Ca. 1874
Format: Woodblock print
Medium: Ink and color on paper
Dimensions: triptych: 36.7 x75 cm (14 7/16 x29 1/2 in.)
Source: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution

With its remarkable composition that recalls the grand harbor views of Yokohama prints of the early 1860s, this triptych print combines a commanding view of the bay with that of the new steam locomotive pulling passenger cars along tracks parallel to the shoreline. Steam from the locomotive trails toward the right, obscuring sails of the ship in the distance. Foreign engineers operate the train, as was the practice for the first several years of service. Foreigners on the shoreline watch as the train speeds by. In the harbor, the square sails of small Japanese vessels are dwarfed by the huge Western battleships in the foreground. [Adapted from Ann Yonemura, Yokohama: Prints from Nineteenth-Century Japan]

Visualizing Cultures image number: Y0182

Keywords: Yokohama, flags, Westerners, train, ships steamships, animals,

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