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Matthew Calbraith Perry

Matthew Calbraith Perry
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Matthew Calbraith Perry, 10 Apr 1794 - 4 Mar 1858
c. 1854
Colored woodblock
Image: 16.5 x 10.6 cm (6 1/2 x 4 3/16")
Book (Open): 18.3 x 22.2 x 9.5 cm (7 3/16 x 8 3/4 x 3 3/4")
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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
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Commodore Matthew Calbraith Perry's greatest achievement in his long naval career was the establishment of diplomatic contact between Japan and the United States. In 1852, President Millard Fillmore sent Perry to Japan, which had been closed to foreign contact for more than two centuries. Bearing gifts representing American industrial and technological achievements, Perry negotiated the Treaty of Kanagawa (1854), which permitted U.S. access to two ports and established a consulate in Shimoda. This portrait, included in the book Ikobu Ochiba Kugo ("a basket for fallen leaves from abroad"), shows Perry with the prominent nose that the Japanese associated with Americans.
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