Bridge of Cut Stone &
Entrance to a Temple, Simoda (Type I)
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In this lithograph you see the artist, Heine at work painting in the vicinity of a temple and stone bridge in Simoda.
Commodore Perry visited the newly opened port of Simoda on the 18th of April, 1854. He remained there until the 9th of May. This particular excursion resulted in a total of 15 lithographs, which is approximately 17% of all the lithographs in the Narrative. It appears that Commodore Perry was very much impressed with Simoda and found many aspects of it to represent typical facets of Japanese culture and life. These were recorded in paintings by Heine.
The Narrative described Simoda as a town of approximately 1,000 houses and 7,000 inhabitants located on a small island near the mouth Yedo Bay. While the town appeared to the expedition members to be impoverished and lacking significant trading facilities, they were impressed with its beauty and cleanliness.
The titles/lettering read:
- W. Heine
- Js. Queen delt
- P.S. Duval & Co. Philada. (Type I)
- P.S. Duval & Co. Phila. (Type II)
- BRIDGE OF CUT STONE & ENTRANCE TO A TEMPLE, SIMODA
Most lithographs are reasonably close in appearance but this is an exception. The Type I and Type II have very different figures. The title "Bridge of Cut Stone & Entrance to a Temple, Simoda" measures 9.9cm on the Type I and 10.6cm on the Type II. On the Type I the title to the right reads "P.S. Duval & Co. Philada.". On the Type II it reads "P.S. Duval & Co. Phil.". In the Type I most of the figures have dark color clothing and are surrounded by a darker background. In the Type II the same figure generally has lighter color clothing and are surrounded by a lighter background.. To see the differences, click here.
Page Size (cm):
Image Size (cm): Width-23.4, Height-15.9, Diagonal-28.3
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