Island Palaces in Udaipur

Artist: Yoshida Hiroshi 吉田博 (1876-1950)
Historical period(s)
Showa era, 1932
Woodblock print; ink and color on paper
H x W: 28.2 x 40.5 cm (11 1/8 x 15 15/16 in)
Credit Line
Gift of H. Ed Robison in memory of Katherine W. Robison
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view

Woodblock print

island, Japan, palace, Showa era (1926 - 1989), WWII-era provenance

To 1996
Henry Edwin Robison (1913-2008), Palo Alto, CA, to 1996

From 1996
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, given by Henry Edwin Robison in 1996

Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)

Henry Edwin Robison 1913-2008


The vision of the palaces built on islands in Pichola Lake in the city of Udaipur in the present-day Indian state of Rajasthan inspired the most delicately rendered and subtle print in the Yoshida's India series.  At right is the pavilion known as the Gul Mahal, built in the 1620's, where the prince who later became Shah-Jahan (reigned 1628—58) lived while he was in revolt against his father, Emperor Jahangir.  On the island at left are palaces built in the eighteenth century.  With extraordinary control, Yoshida composed this image by printing thin, graded color washes, which give the appearance of a watercolor painting.  The ethereal colors suggest the tones of early morning light.

Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Whistler's Neighborhood
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