Drawing Room of a Foreign Business Establishment in Yokohama

Utagawa (Gountei) Sadahide Japanese

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The courtesan on the left, wearing a spectacular kimono with butterflies and stripes, observes two Western women playing viola and flute in the center of the room. A Chinese manservant and a Japanese female attendant serve wine, grapes, and sweets. In the background, ships can be seen through the Western-style paned windows, indicating that the soiree takes place in the new port-city of Yokohama.

Drawing Room of a Foreign Business Establishment in Yokohama, Utagawa (Gountei) Sadahide (Japanese, 1807–1873), Center and right sheets of a triptych of woodblock prints; ink and color on paper, Japan

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