active ca. 1850-1880
Balloon Ascension America
Date: 1867
Amerikakoku. The Stars and Stripes (with twelve stars) flies proudly over an imagined American city, the air filled with balloonists. Women in full skirts and bonnets watch from a verandah, surrounded by a city that seems to be built of grey stone. The LOC version has been patriotically revised to show balloonists flying Japanese flags, with the title changed so that the image shows a testing of balloons by the Japanese Navy in front of the American Consulate in Japan.
Publisher: Shimizuya Naojirô
Size: ôban triptych 36 x 72 cm
Condition: Very good impression, color and condition. Some areas of minor restoration.
Inventory Number: YST018
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