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Can you help me find the artist, period and topic of this woodblock print?

  • lucienne parkan

    Besides the title nothing else is available


  • tanuki

    Thank you Lucienne,


    Unfortunately, the address at waseda does not lead me to the print. Can you tell me what the title of the woodblock is?



  • lucienne parkan

    The title is 太平優美論 taihei yūbiron

  • MichaelO

    As the pictures previously posted show, this print is half of a diptych. It is an example of a genre of prints called awate-e (あわて絵)-- panic pictures.  These prints were published in the wake of the Namamugi incident in 1862 where a British merchant, Charles Richardson, was killed by Satsuma retainers for being disrespectful to a procession which included the father of the daimyo of Satsuma. British ships bombarded Kagoshima in response and demanded reparations.  The people of Edo, fearing an invasion, "panicked" and fled to the countryside.  As Steele writes in "Poking Fun at the Restoration: Satirical Prints In Late 19th Century Japan" (2012): "The resulting confusion hurt the businesses of some merchants and workers, but added to the profits of others.  This print depicts winners and losers of the exodus.  The winners are on the right: cart pullers, shippers, letter carriers, and farmers but they often complained of complications resulting from their new wealth.  The losers are on the left: money-lenders, carpenters, tenement owners, landlords, geisha, and other entertainers[.]" Steele gives the translation of the title as: "Exquisite Arguments for Peace."

    An excellent article on this genre of prints can be found here: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/329419942_Why_is_the_Geisha_Hitting_the_Westerner_The_Japanese_Woodblock_Print_Genre_of_awate-e/fulltext/5c07d364a6fdcc494fdaf01d/Why-is-the-Geisha-Hitting-the-Westerner-The-Japanese-Woodblock-Print-Genre-of-awate-e.pdf

    The article is well worth reading.

    Hope this helps.


  • lucienne parkan

    Michael thank you very much for the interesting article, I'm always happy to learn something new


  • MichaelO

    You are welcome.  I am glad people are reading it.  Ms. Nowak's article shines a light on a very interesting group of prints.

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