Japanese Woman from Simoda
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In this lithograph you see a kimono clad women of Simoda. Concerning the Japanese women, the artist Heine noted that "Japanese women apply cosmetics as grossly as a decorator slaps paint onto the crassest of theatrical sets."
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:
From A Dage by E Brown
- P Kramer delt
- P.S. Duval & Co. Phila
- JAPANESE WOMAN from Simoda
Condition. Much cleaner than usual. Light blimish in area at the bottom between the image and title. Top edge dark.
Page Size (cm): 28.6x22.2cm
Image Size (cm): Width-16.3, Height-22.6 Oval
Attribution: This lithograph has been positively confirmed to be from the Beverley Tucker, Senate Printing (1856), of the Narrative.
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