'Chinese Irrigating Machine Worked by a Buffalo', c 1853-1854.

Ackerman

'Chinese Irrigating Machine Worked by a Buffalo', c 1853-1854.
3 1 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 23cm

Description

Lithographed plate by Ackerman after a drawing by J B Meffert, showing an animal-powered mechanism for drawing water uphill. Commodore Matthew Calbraith Perry (1794-1858) led a US government expedition designed to open up trade with Japan, which had been in self-imposed isolation for almost 200 years. The United States wanted to increase their trade routes in the western Pacific. They also wanted a coaling station for the new steam-powered ships of the US Navy. 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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