Yokohama-e at the Archives


Yokohama-e is a genre of Japanese painting that developed in the early 1860s in Yokohama as a result of cultural and political intersection with Western nations after centuries of self-imposed seclusion.  These are paintings carried out in the realist style, often based on photographs, using traditional Japanese materials on a silk ground.  The BC Archives has a small collection of Yokohama-e portraits of 19th century residents that are believed to have been created in Japan.

Portrait of Rachel Lewis, PDP10215

Submitted by Conservation Staff