Americans Strolling About

Artist: Utagawa Yoshifuji (1828-1887)
Historical period(s)
Edo period, 1861
Ink and color on paper
H x W: 35.4 x 24.6 cm (13 15/16 x 9 11/16 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

Edo period (1615 - 1868), foreigner, Japan, oban, ukiyo-e
Provenance research underway.

The Japanese word for Americans, Amerikajin, is written in roman script that has been divided awkwardly into syllables so that the letters correspond as closely as possible to Japanese phonetic script and fit into the vertical frame for the title. The father is depicted smoking a cigar, a form of tobacco that was probably introduced into Japan by American residents of Yokohama. Tobacco had been smoked in elongated pipes since its inception by the Portuguese in the sixteenth century.

Published References
  • Ann Yonemura, Milo Cleveland Beach, The Honorable and Mrs. William Leonhart. Yokohama: Prints From 19th Century Japan. Exh. cat. Washington. cat. 50, p. 137.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
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