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Woodblock print - View of the Forum in Rome
  • View of the Forum in Rome
    Utagawa Toyoharu, born 1735 - died 1814
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View of the Forum in Rome

  • Object:

    Woodblock print

  • Place of origin:

    Edo (made)

  • Date:

    1770-1790 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Utagawa Toyoharu, born 1735 - died 1814 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour print from woodblocks

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This woodblock print by Utagawa Toyoharu is based on a European print of the classical ruins in Rome. It reveals the 18th-century Japanese fascination for scenes of the ‘exotic West’. The image itself has been copied accurately, probably from an example imported into Japan by the Dutch, who were the only Europeans permitted to trade in the country at this time. However, the bright orange and salmon hues give the scene a fanciful appearance. Curiously, the Japanese inscription on the right refers to a church in another part of Europe.

Physical description

Japanese woodblock print based on a European images of the classical ruins of Rome

Place of Origin

Edo (made)


1770-1790 (made)


Utagawa Toyoharu, born 1735 - died 1814 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Colour print from woodblocks


Height: 29.5 cm, Width: 40.4 cm

Descriptive line

Pap, Japan, prints

Subjects depicted





East Asia Collection

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