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五箇国人物呑託之図
People of the Five Nations

Artist:
Utagawa Yoshitora (Japanese, active ca. 1850–80)
Period:
Edo period (1615–1868)
Date:
1861
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Triptych of polychrome woodblock prints; ink and color on paper
Dimensions:
Image: 14 1/4 x 29 1/2 in. (36.2 x 74.9 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
Gift of Lincoln Kirstein, 1959
Accession Number:
JP3330
Not on view
In this print, foreigners—merchants, officers, ladies, and servants—gather for refreshments in a place that resembles a Chinese courtyard at the Yokohama waterfront. The shading and highlighting in the coloration of the clothes were techniques probably inspired by Western engravings. The artist attempted linear perspective; the awkward structure of the space fragments the interiors shown in the background.
Signature: Yoshitora ga

Marking: Censor/Date seal: Tori jūni aratame
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