'House at Yedo, with Group of Japanese', Japan, 1858.
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Lithograph by Hanhart, from 'Japan, the Amoor, and the Pacific' by Henry Arthur Tilley, (London, 1861). This scene shows how the garden is an extension of the internal living space of a traditional Japanese house; this one is in Edo, (Tokyo). Tilley's account described his voyage of circumnavigation aboard a Russian corvette in 1858: 'Two days only were allowed me to prepare for a voyage of two years'. He was the first Englishman to visit the Russian settlements at the mouth of the Amur river. He also spent three months in Japan where he observed and recorded the tensions and jealousies that existed between European and American traders and their relations with the Japanese.