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Matthew Calbraith Perry

Matthew Calbraith Perry
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Artist
Unidentified Artist
Sitter
Matthew Calbraith Perry, 10 Apr 1794 - 4 Mar 1858
Date
c. 1854
Type
Book
Medium
Colored woodblock
Dimensions
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")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number
NPG.77.1
Exhibition Label
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.
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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Usage
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