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The Country of England

Utagawa Yoshitora, Japanese, 1836 - 1887. Published by Kagaya Kichibei.

Made in Japan, Asia

Edo Period (1615-1868)


Color woodcut triptych

Ōban tate-e triptych: 14 x 28 5/8 inches (35.6 x 72.7 cm)

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Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

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Purchased with the Lola Downin Peck Fund and with funds contributed by Lessing J. Rosenwald, Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Hauslohner, Dr. Emanuel Wolff, the Derald and Janet Ruttenberg Foundation, Mrs. Edward G. Budd, Jr., and David P. Willis, 1968

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Japanese artists relied heavily on Western illustrations for the architectural elements in their imagined views of foreign lands. Since the artists found foreign language captions incomprehensible, buildings were randomly chosen and often reused in depictions of different countries, which frequently resulted in strikingly inaccurate and bizarre juxtapositions. For this view of England Yoshitora selected, perhaps unwittingly, two appropriate images of British churches that appeared as illustrations in an 1864 edition of the Illustrated London News.