PICTURE OF MEN AND WOMEN FROM ALL NATIONS (BANKOKU DANJO JINBUTSU ZUE), 1861, UTAGAWA YOSHIIKU (1833-1904), NISHIKI-E TRIPTYCH, INK AND COLOUR ON PAPER, 37 X 75 CM. PRIVATE COLLECTION – TAASA Review September 2022
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Western newspapers and magazines.
They wear day dresses and bonnets, their wide crinoline hoop skirts fashionable at the time. The vertical cartouches identify many of the Westerners: in the lower right, the man seated in a chair holding a wine goblet and the woman alongside holding a bottle, are identified as French; the black hatted and uniformed man alongside them is labelled as a ‘Hollander’ (Dutchman); and next to him in a blue uniform is an Englishman.
The mounted man to his right is a Russian whose wife is alongside, accompanied by an American woman whose male counterpart is the curly haired figure in uniform on the lower left, clearly modelled on a Western engraving. There are other foreigners apart from Westerners...