Yoshitoshi: Takanawa Railway Train
Artist: Tsukioka Yoshitoshi
Title: Takanawa Railway Train
Takanawa tetsudo no zu, “A Picture of the Takanawa Railway.” The train is shown on an embankment in Shinagawa Bay ( approx. 4.5 miles from Nihonbashi ). Reclaimed land forms the embankment, apparently for political reasons. The train is supposedly copied from an engraving in the Illustrated London News published in 1855 where it is described as being owned by the Panama Railway for transporting letters and money. The inscription on the side of the second carriage on the engraving reads: U.S. MAIL’S which becomes: US MAUS on the triptych.The boats near the realroad seem to be patterned after gondolas, and the passengers all wear western attire. This is what must be an early 2nd edition, as the inscription in the leftmost cartouche has been omitted.
Condition: Very good impression, color and condition.
Dimensions: ôban triptych
Publisher: Maruya Jinpachi
Literature: Keyes 200.6.
Signature: Ikkeisai Yoshitoshi johitsu (with the help of)Toshinobu