This Japanese wood block triptych by Yoshiiku is titled A Scenic View of the Ships of 5 Major Powers. Depicted are ships of France, Russia, Great Britain, Holland and the United States, after the opening of Japan to merchant trade with these countries. It dates ca. 1860ís, after the Edo period and during the Meiji period of Imperial Rule. Note figures on the US ship in Western attire. 15 in. x 29 3/4 in., sight
Yoshiiku, Utagawa, (1833-1904). He was the son of a teahouse proprietor and became a student of Kuniyoshi. He is known as a print designer and a newspaper illustrator and well-respected woodblock artist.