Yoshitora: Balloon Ascension America (Sold)
Artist: Utagawa Yoshitora
Title: Balloon Ascension America
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 Library of Congress 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.
Condition: Very good impression, color and condition. Some areas of minor restoration.
Dimensions: ôban triptych 36 x 72 cm
Publisher: Shimizuya Naojirô
Literature: See MET museum online, Harvard, LoC.
Signature: Yoshitora ga