Woodblock print

Price:  450,00

Very rare original woodblock print – Mulberry paper – ‘Risley Circus’, Yokohama, acrobatics – Tsukioka Taisō Yoshitoshi 月岡芳年 (1839-1892) – From the triptych ‘Yokohama ijin kyokuba’ 横浜異人曲馬 (Yokohama: European circus troupe) – Japan – 1864 (Bunkyû 4/Genji 1)

Several circus artists from the ‘Risley Circus’-troupe are performing different tricks on horseback.

In 1859, the ports of Yokohama, Nagasaki, and Hakodate were opened and trade began between Japan and the United States, Britain, the Netherlands, France, and Russia.

A circus troupe named ‘Risley Circus’ immediately came to Japan during this time, bringing as well exotic goods imported from Western countries. The troupe, consisting of 10 members and 8 horses, was a party of acrobatics and led by Risley Carlyle was born in Salem, New Jersey, USA in 1814. The troupe was formed in London, and they were the first Western acrobatic troupe to come to Yokohama via the port.

Period: Japan – 1864 (Late Edo period).
Format: O-ban
Type: Nishiki-e

Right part of a triptych. See National Diet Library.

The same print is also part of the collection of Tokyo Metropolitan Central Library.

Outer dimensions passe-partout:
Height 51.5 cm, Width 39.8 cm.
Inner dimensions passe-partout:
Height 36 cm, Width 24.5 cm.
Dimensions work:
Height 37.1 cm, Width 28.7 cm.

In a very good condition with striking colours. With backing. Placed in a ecru silk passe-partout set with tape along the edges. Please look at the photos for a condition reference.

When shipped we will add a certificate of authenticity.

Ref. No. : N2637


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