Hawks, Francis L.: Hakodadi from Telegraph Hill.
Congress of the United States Washington 1856
tinted lithograph; overall 22 x 29 cm; image 18 x 23 cm. paper evenly toned; some foxing and staining; o/w vg cond.
Attractive view of Hakodadi in Japan, after a sketch by Heine , from Hawks’ publication ‘Narrative of the Expedition to the China Seas and Japan, 1852-1854, under the command of Commodore M.C.Perry.
Mathew Galbraith Perry (1794-1858) was a Commodore of the United States Navy. He played a leading role in the opening of Japan to the West with the Convention of Kanagawa in 1854. In 1852, he was assigned a mission to open the ports of Japan to the American trade and to impose Western civilisation onto the Asian Nations. He left from Norfolk, VA, making port calls at Madeira, St.Helena, Cape Town,Mauritius, Ceylon, Singapore, Macao and Hong Kong before reaching Japan.
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