"Washington," title in Japanese


Display Status:

This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum

Credit Line

Gift of the Norfolk Charitable Trust


Print, Woodcut on Paper, Colored


2-D - Unframed (H x W): 23.5 × 35.6cm (9 1/4 in. × 14 in.)

Country of Origin


Physical Description

  • Japanese woodcut print of a street scene with two balloons aloft over the city. American flag in the center of the scene and the Western-style dress suggest this scene is supposed to take place in the United States.
  • The print may depict the balloon flights witnessed by the Japanese Embassy in Philadelphia on June 14, 1860. The artist, misunderstanding the place and the event, may simply have made a mistake and assumed that the scene took place in Washington.


ART-Prints, Original

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