I’ve been trying for quite a while to find out more about a series of paintings that I honestly cannot place. At all.
Like, this looks pretty interesting. It appears to be a Dutch family in Japan?
But unfortunately, the sites that have information are not in any language that I speak.
This site has some info about this particular painting.
It appears to be titled “Bromhoff’s Family”. If anyone knows more about the artist or persons depicted, please don’t hesistate to reblog with info!
This is the family of Blomhoff, who was head of the Dutch trading post in Deshima, Nagasaki in 1817. He is depicted with his wife Titia and son Johannes, the boy’s nurse and their Indonesian maid. Here’s a bit more about him: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jan_Cock_Blomhoff and her: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Titia_Bergsma
Because these 3 women were the first non-Japanese women to set foot on Japanese soil, and the Dutch were already a very exotic and interesting topic for the Japanese, they were a popular subject for paintings. However, Western women were not allowed in Japan, so they were sent back to Holland. This caused the couple much grief, and sadly they would never see each other again because Titia died soon after returning to Holland.