Arrival of the Imperial Prince at Shimbashi Station

Artist: Kobayashi Kiyochika 小林清親 (1847-1915)
Historical period(s)
Meiji era, 1890
Woodblock print; ink and color on paper
H x W: 36.7 x 72.4 cm (14 7/16 x 28 1/2 in)
Credit Line
Gift--the Elizabeth D. Woodbury collection of prints from Meiji Japan
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view

Woodblock print

Elizabeth D. Woodbury collection, Japan, Meiji era (1868 - 1912), prince, train, triptych, WWII-era provenance

From the 1960s to 1999
Elizabeth D. Woodbury, Japan and Alexandria, VA, purchased in Japan in the 1960s [1]

From 1999
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, given by Elizabeth D. Woodbury in 1999


[1] According to Provenance Remark 1 in the object record.

Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)

Elizabeth D. Woodbury


This triptych by Kobayashi Kiyochika, an important innovator in Meiji era prints, portrays the arrival of the Imperial prince, who is greeted by the empress whose ladies-in-waiting stand behind her. One holds a gift covered by a red cloth. Kiyochika's prints were influenced by his study of European artistic techniques which contributed toward his original approach to print design. Here the figures and in particular, the unusual treatment of the sky, reflect his study of Western watercolor technique.

Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
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