Utagawa Yoshikazu

fl. ca. 1850's-70's

Russian Couple at the Table

signed Issen Yoshikazu ga, with publisher's seal Sen'ichi (Izumiya Ichibei), combined censor and date seal Tori-ju, aratame (year of the rooster [1861], 10th month, examined)

oban tate-e 14 3/8 by 9 3/4 in., 36.5 by 24.8 cm

From an untitled series of foreigners with their flags. The descriptive text by Kanagaki Robun (1829-1894) provides insight on the Russians:

Oroshiya or Oroshiya (two different sets of kanji for Russian): Among the rich and powerful nations of the world, it is the largest. Its boundaries originate in Europe and extend into central and north Asia as far as Kamchatka, which is separated only by a narrow strait of water from our remote Ezo region. The boundaries with respect to Europe are 88,000 ri. There are forty pacification sites for a population of thirty-five million. The imperial city is called Petersburg. It has eight thousand households; its population including soldiers is 570,000. The climate is generally bitterly cold, and it is said that at times it reaches the point of freezing mercury.

Ann Yonemura, Yokohama: Prints from Nineteenth Century Japan, 1990, p. 115, no. 36 (and text translation)
Harvard Art Museum, object no. 2007.214.31

price: Sold


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