'View of Hong Kong from East Point', 1853.
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Lithographed plate by Sarony after a drawing by Heine with figures by Brown. In the foreground stonemasons are quarrying stone which is cut into blocks and carried away suspended from poles. In the background is the thriving trading port of Hong Kong, at that time a British colony and now once more part of China. Commodore Matthew Calbraith Perry (1794-1858) stopped there to refuel and reprovision during his US government expedition designed to open up trade with Japan, which had been in self-imposed isolation for almost 200 years. The notes and journals kept by Perry and his officers were compiled by Francis L Hawkes and published as 'Narrative of the expedition of an American squadron to the China Seas and Japan : performed in the years 1852, 1853, and 1854 …', (Washington, 1856).