Wrestlers at Yokuhama.
Tinted lithograph. 217 x 292mm. 8½ x 11½".
On 8th March 1854, Commodore Matthew Calbraith Perry (1794-1858) returned to continue the Opening of Japan to the west, which concluded with the Convention of Kanagawa on 31 March, 1854. This being his second visit saw the opening of Shimoda and Hakodate to foreign vessels. Perry’s landing in Yokohama on March 8 inspired a crowded scene of troops on parade before a horizon prickled with the masts of the black ships, as well as a solemn rendering of the commodore greeting the Japanese commissioners. Formal occasions-the presentation of American gifts, a banquet on Perry’s flagship, and a performance of sumo wrestling-were duly recorded.
Ex Collection Norman Blackburn.
[Ref: 18459] £120.00