Plate 8
Graphic Scenes of the Japan Expedition
Lithographs by William Heine - 1856

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Plate 8, Street and Bridge at Simoda

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Characteristics of the Lithograph.

Lithograph Type: Tinted lithograph
Page Size: 14 1/2 x 19 3/4 in -- 26.5 x 50.2 cm
Image Area: 8 3/16 x 12 5/16 in -- 21.5 x 31.3 cm
Format: Lithograph tipped onto the page
Page thickness: Thick card stock.
W. Heine del.
Litho of Sarony & Co, 117 Fulton St, New York
Street and Bridge at Simoda. (No. 8)


Accompanying Text Page.

Street and Bridge at Simoda.

The Japanese are noted for cleanliness, even their streets are kept with remarkable nicety. The average width of a street is from twenty to twenty-five feet, and in the middle of it is usually a foot-path formed of large pieces of cut stone, about six feet wide, raised a few inches above the level of the ground.

The houses on both sides are usually built of wood, and often have thatched roofs, and a verandah in front.

The engraving represents a place near the city gate, which opens upon the high road to the interior of the province Idzu. The moat on the left is crossed by a bridge of cut stone. In the construction of similar works, the Japanese are very expert, and the bridge represented in the picture is executed with the utmost nicety, as is also the gateway a little further to the left. The material for both is gray sandstone, cut into pieces eight feet long, and often only six inches in width. They are cut like so many pieces of timber. The arch of the bridge is composed of but three large stones.

The palankin on the right, in the foreground, carried by two natives on a pole, is called a Ka-go. In a country where there are no carriages, these Ka-gos form the usual conveyances for travellers, and have, probably, given rise to the rumor that the shipwrecked Americans in Japan were, carried in cages through the country. In a space three feet wide by four long, and about as high, sits the traveller cross-legged, in a position which is for them one of convenience, but for us it would certainly be one of torture.

In Japan, as in other countries, an artist drawing in the street is often molested by the crowd, but the native soldiers interfered in cases of great annoyance, and drove away the troublesome little urchins that had congregated around.


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

    Available for Purchase - Folio Print on Bristol Board

    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

    Available for Purchase - Folio Print on Bristol Board


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