Illustration of the Arrival Ceremony to Welcome the Russian Crown Prince (Rokoku kôtaishi gochaku no zu)

「魯國皇太子御着之圖」

Japanese
Meiji era
1891 (Meiji 24), May
Artist Utagawa Kokunimasa (Ryûa) (Japanese, 1874–1944), Publisher Fukuda Kumajirô (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Sharf, Imaging Meiji (1997), #32, no photo; Meech-Pekarik, The World of the Meiji Print (1986), color pl. 31; Genshoku ukiyo-e dai hyakka jiten 2 (1982), #156; Tanba, Nishiki-e ni miru Meiji tennô to Meiji jidai (1966), #74

Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 35.5 x 70 cm (14 x 27 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

2000.518a-c

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

The event never actually occurred, because of an assassination attempt on the Russian prince before he arrived in Tokyo.
The blocks were recycled with alterations in 1893 to show the visit of Prince Ferdinand of Spain; see Konishi, Nishiki-e Bakumatsu Meiji no rekishi 11 (1977), pp. 8-9, and Asai, Kinsei nishiki-e sesôshi 7 (1936), pp. 22-3.

Signed

Godaime Kunimasa hitsu
五代目国政筆

Provenance

Various dealers: primarily in London and Tokyo. Purchased between 1985-1999.

Credit Line

Jean S. and Frederic A. Sharf Collection