Picture of a Mercantile Establishment in Yokohama

Maker(s)
Artist: Utagawa Sadahide 歌川貞秀 (1807-1873)
Historical period(s)
Edo period, 1861
Medium
Woodblock print; ink and color on paper
Dimensions
H x W: 36.5 x 75.3 cm (14 3/8 x 29 5/8 in)
Geography
Japan, Yokohama
Credit Line
Gift of the Daval Foundation, from the Collection of Ambassador and Mrs. William Leonhart
Collection
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
S1991.152a-c
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Print
Type

Woodblock print

Keywords
commerce, Edo period (1615 - 1868), foreigner, Japan, shamisen, triptych, ukiyo-e, WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Label

The prominent stripes of an American flag in the upper left corner, echoed in the blue-and-white pattern of a courtesan's robe at the far right, identify this mercantile firm as American. In the center is a geisha, a professional entertainer, who plays a shamisen, a three-stringed Japanese instrument. An American woman holds an instrument of the violin or viol family, playing it as if it were a shamisen, with a shamisen plectrum.

Published References
  • Ann Yonemura. Beyond the Brush: Japanese Prints, Paper Works and Photographs. vol. XLIII no. 3. p. 33, fig. 4.
  • Ann Yonemura, Milo Cleveland Beach, The Honorable and Mrs. William Leonhart. Yokohama: Prints From 19th Century Japan. Exh. cat. Washington. cat. 53, pp. 140-141.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Whistler's Neighborhood
Google Cultural Institute
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