Dinner Given to the Japanese
Commissioners on Board
the USSF Powhatan (Type II)


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Commodore Perry entertained the Commissioners about the USSF Powhatan on March 27, 1854 after the conclusion of negotiations. The commissioners were taken on a tour of the ship and then treated to an exercise of fire power by howitzers aboard a smaller boat lowered from the Powhatan. It was noted that while they were "...not a very warlike people, (at least in modern history) the Japanese evidently had a great fondness for martial exercise and display."

In this lithograph we see Commodore Perry, the Commissioners and senior officials/officers from both sides toasting, eating and just generally having a great time. It was noted that "Hayashi, the grave prince, was the only one, in fact, whose sobriety was proof against the unrestrained conviviality which prevailed among his bacchanalian coadjutors." Sounds kind of like a modern day military dining-in.

I have recorded two types of this lithograph. I call this Type II. The two types have many figures with subtle differences. The most evident difference in the two types is in the titles/lettering. Type I has the additional lettering "Js. Queen del" in the center. This lettering is not found in Type II.

The titles/lettering read:

  • From nature by W. Heine
  • Js. Queen, del. (Type I only)
  • P.S. Duval & Co. Philda (Type I)
  • P.S. Duval & Co. Phila (Type II)
  • DINNER GIVEN TO THE JAPANESE COMMISSIONERS ON BOARD U.S.S.F. POWHATAN

Condition. Clean

Landscape Format

Page Size (cm): 28.6x22.4cm

Image Size (cm): Width-22.5, Height-15, Diagonal-27.2

 

Attribution: This lithograph has been positively confirmed to be from the Beverley Tucker, Senate Printing (1856), of the Narrative.

 
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