'View of Nangasaki', c 1804-1806.
© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library
Etching by J A Atkinson after his own drawing, of the town of Nagasaki, Japan. Ivan Fedorovich Kruzenshtern (1770-1846) arrived in Japan in 1804 hoping to re-establish diplomatic ties between Rusia and Japan, but the Rusians were denied entry and all their requests were refused. He anchored off Nagasaki for three months although no one was allowed to leave the ship. Nagasaki was then the only port open to westermers, mainly Dutch traders. Kruzenshtern was a German who commanded the first Rusian circumnavigation of the world. This is the frontispiece from volume two of his 'Voyage around the world, in the years 1803, 1804, 1805 & 1806' (1813).