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Paris, France from Famous Places of the World, 1862

Paris, France

Paris, France from Famous Places of the World, by Utagawa Yoshitora (Japanese, active 1836-1866), 1862. Woodblock print; Oban triptych; Ink and colors on paper. Gift of Mr. Richard Gump, B81D7.a-.c.

Paris, France

Paris, France from Famous Places of the World, by Utagawa Yoshitora (Japanese, active 1836-1866), 1862. Woodblock print; Oban triptych; Ink and colors on paper. Gift of Mr. Richard Gump, B81D7.a-.c.

Paris, France

Paris, France from Famous Places of the World, by Utagawa Yoshitora (Japanese, active 1836-1866), 1862. Woodblock print; Oban triptych; Ink and colors on paper. Gift of Mr. Richard Gump, B81D7.a-.c.

Paris, France

Paris, France from Famous Places of the World, by Utagawa Yoshitora (Japanese, active 1836-1866), 1862. Woodblock print; Oban triptych; Ink and colors on paper. Gift of Mr. Richard Gump, B81D7.a-.c.

Nothing in this print is recognizable as being in Paris, and art historian Julia Meech has noted that it “looks suspiciously like the harbor of Marseilles.” Excerpts from her translation of the text on the right side of the print give a flavor of, as she says, its “misguided guide to French history” :

The great city of Paris has a sturdy castle built facing the ocean [Paris is over 100 miles from the ocean], and on the tower of the castle is placed a statue of the king who founded the nation. . . . The people are all brilliant and excel in artistic accomplishments.
. . . In foreign trade activities she matches the great capitals of America and Britain. . . . The revival of this nation was thanks to a so-called emperor named Napoleon Bonaparte. . . .