Yokohama-e (literally “Yokohama pictures”) are ukiyo-e Japanese woodblock prints depicting foreigners and scenes of Yokohama. In 1859, the port of Yokohama was opened to foreigners, and ukiyo-e artists, primarily of the Utagawa school, produced more than 800 different woodblock prints in response to a general curiosity about these strangers. The production of Yokohama-e ceased in the 1880s.
The most prolific artists working in this genre were Utagawa Yoshitora, Utagawa Yoshikazu, Utagawa Sadahide, Utagawa Yoshiiku, Utagawa Yoshimori, Utagawa Hiroshige II, Utagawa Hiroshige III, Utagawa Yoshitoyo, and Utagawa Yoshitomi.
First steam train leaving Yokohama, triptych by Utagawa Kunimasa
Japanese print shows American naturalist and ornithologist John James Audubon (1785-1851) discovering that his work was eaten by a rat, unsigned
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