Lithographic plate by Duval & Co after a drawing by J Queen after a work by W Heine, the official artist from Commodore Matthew Calbraith Perry's (1794-1858) US government expedition to open up trade with Japan, which had been in self-imposed isolation for almost 200 years. An artist, (posibly Heine) sketches while curious Japanese children examine his drawing materials. On the right two servants carry a litter or palanquin containing a noble or well-to-do person. The illustrations, 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).
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