Complete Picture of the Newly Opened Port of Yokohama

Maker(s)
Artist: Utagawa Sadahide 歌川貞秀 (1807-1873)
Historical period(s)
Edo period, 1859
Medium
Woodblock print; ink and color on paper
Dimensions
H x W (image): 69.5 x 191.1 cm (27 3/8 x 75 1/4 in)
Geography
Japan
Credit Line
Gift of Ambassador and Mrs. William Leonhart
Collection
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
S1998.58a-h
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Print
Type

Polyptych

Keywords
boat, city, Edo period (1615 - 1868), Japan, WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Label

Magnificent in scale, this topographic landscape is one of the earliest Yokohama prints. At the center of the composition is the new town of Yokohama. The larger buildings in the eastern section (at left) comprise the residential quarter for the people of the Five Nations; the Japanese quarter is to the west (right). Kanagawa, a post station along the Tokaido highway, ascends the hills in the right foreground. The Tokaido runs along the near shore through Kanagawa toward Edo, the site of the shogun's castle, located seventeen miles up the bay toward the right.

The inscription by the artist Sadahide states that he composed this scene from Koyasumura, a village along the Kanagawa shore. The long inscription above, repeated in several revised editions of this landscape map, details the importance of recording the true appearance of Yokohama at this historic moment.

Published References
  • Noell Wilson. Defensive Positions: The Politics of Maritime Security in Tokugawa Japan. .
  • Ann Yonemura, Milo Cleveland Beach, The Honorable and Mrs. William Leonhart. Yokohama: Prints From 19th Century Japan. Exh. cat. Washington. cat. 1, pp. 44-45.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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