Complete Enumeration of Scenic Places in Foreign Nations: City of Washington in America

Artist: Utagawa Yoshitora 歌川芳虎 (active ca. 1850-1880)
Historical period(s)
Edo period, 1862
Woodblock print; ink and color on paper
H x W: 37 x 74.3 cm (14 9/16 x 29 1/4 in)
Japan, Yokohama
Credit Line
Gift of the Daval Foundation, from the Collection of Ambassador and Mrs. William Leonhart
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view

Woodblock print

city, commerce, Edo period (1615 - 1868), foreigner, Japan, triptych, ukiyo-e, WWII-era provenance
Provenance research underway.

Washington, D.C., became famous in Japan after President James Buchanan held a reception in May 1860 for the first Japanese diplomatic mission to the United States. The inscription reads in part:

"The metropolis called Washington is…said to be bounded by the borders of the states of Virginia and Maryland and the Potomac River...Although there are many kinds of merchandise for sale in the shops, bookshops and tobacco shops are numerous…Its prosperity is first among the nations of the world."

The artist, who was unable to read English, relied on a newspaper illustration of Agra, India, to render the buildings and figures at the left and right.

Published References
  • Ann Yonemura, Milo Cleveland Beach, The Honorable and Mrs. William Leonhart. Yokohama: Prints From 19th Century Japan. Exh. cat. Washington. cat. 65, pp. 160-161.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
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