Saturday, September 17, 2005

Perry Visits Japan

Landing of Commodore Perry, Officers & Men of the Squadron to meet the Imperial commissioners at Simoda, Japan, June 8th, 1854

Wilhelm Heine 1855-1856
Elephant folio lithograph

This painting belongs to one of 3 sets of artistic works that all record the first official contact between Japan and America. A set of anonymous Japanese painted scrolls from the latter half of the 19th century and 3 Japanese broadside woodcut illustrations on tissue paper make up the visual display of the Perry Visits Japan exhibition at Brown University. Included are student essays and expedition diary accounts.

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