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Introduction (Text Only)
COMMODORE M. C. PERY, U. S. N.
AND THE OFFICERS AND MEN
THE LATE JAPAN EXPEDITION,
IS RESPECTFULLY DEDICATED
BY THE ARTIST
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.
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.
F. L. HAWKS.
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Plate #3 - The Pagoda of Wampoa - Colored
Plate #10 - Grave-yard at Simoda, Dio Zenge