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Graphic Scenes of the Japan Expedition
Lithographs by William Heine - 1856

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MR. HEINE was one of the Artists who accompanied Commodore Perry on his late expedition to Japan. Returning with his portfolio, rich in numerous sketches, highly characteristic of the interesting people among whom he had exercised his talent, he was induced, at the suggestion of friends, to prepare some of them on an enlarged scale, and by causing them to be lithographed and printed in colors, to accomplish, if he could, the double object of presenting a finished specimen of American chromo lithography, and of gratifying, at the same time, the liberal and enlightened curiosity of our countrymen respecting some of the outward scenes of the oriental world.

As artistic productions, the pictures speak for themselves; and we think we may safely say of them that they are a credit to our country: none superior to them have been executed in the United States, and they have no cause to shun comparison with some of the best productions of Europe, in this department of art. Unrivalled excellence in art is within our reach--it needs but the wise liberality and encouragement of our countrymen to secure it.

We are the more confirmed in our appreciation of the specimens in this album, from the fact that some of them have been submitted to European criticism, and have drawn forth commendation from men whose approbation is honor. We take the liberty of inserting an extract from a letter written by Baron v. Humboldt to our artist. We may do it for Mr. Heine, though a sense of modesty might prevent him from giving it publicity. It is not used without tho permission of the distinguished writer.


Extract from a Letter From Baron A. v. Humbolt to Mr. Heine.

"I thank you most sincerely for your friendly lines, and for the honorable offer to add my name to your important work. All that my excellent friend Baron v. Geroldt has told you of the praises with which your designs have been received among us is true. I have shown them to the most distinguished artists, as well as to the King, who has a refined taste for art, and all unite in the high test encomiums upon your works.

"His Majesty rejoices to see an artist of so distinguished talent from our own mother country the first to delineate the peculiar features of the long-bound up coasts of the Japanese Empire. Not alone is the character of the landscape admirable in your beautiful designs, but above all the exactness with which you are represented on such a small scale the peculiarities of those singular races. Printing in colors offers many difficulties, buy you have overcome them in a remarkable degree.

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"May you likewise succeed in the other drawings. With such photographic sketches you cannot fail.

"It is highly praiseworthy in the United States Government to enrich libraries and public schools with such unbound liberality.

"We are expecting great enjoyment from you in the illustrations of Commodore Perry's book.

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"Receive, my dear young friend, renewed expressions of my kindest regard and esteem, due to your talent, your spirit of enterprise, and your courageous perseverance
"In friendship, yours,
It only remains to say that, Mr. Heine has applied to the compiler of Commodore Perry's report, whose labors had made him somewhat familiar with the scenes described, as well as brought him into frequent communication with the artist, to aid him in preparing the descriptive letterpress which accompanies the pictures. This he has done cheerfully; though, it is due to Mr. Heineken to say, that the descriptions are substantially his own, as his English was found by the writer to need very little correction.



Plates 1~10
Graphic Scenes
of the Japan Expedition


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    Introduction (Text Only)

    Plate #1 - Portrait of Commodore Perry

    Plate #2 - Macao from Penha Hill

    Plate #3 - The Pagoda of Wampoa - Colored

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    Plate #4 - Old China Street in Canton - Colored

    Plate #5 - Kung-twa at Lew-Chew

    Plate #6 - Mia, the Roadside Chapel at Yoku-hama

    Plate #7 - Temple of Ben-teng, in the Harbor at Simoda

    Plate #8 - Street and Bridge at Simoda

    Plate #9 - Temple of Ha-tshu-man-ya Tschu-ro, at Simoda

    Plate #10 - Grave-yard at Simoda, Dio Zenge

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