A rare watercolour depicting the busts of two gentlemen, of similar appearance.
The inscription reads: “On the 11th February 1854 a ship from North America appeared in the Bay of Kanagawa in Japan. Early in March that same year the ship arrived at Yokohama bay”
Father and Son – Henry A Adams (1800-1869) who was 50 years old (sic. He was 53 years old in fact), and his son Henry A Adams Jr. (1833-1878) who was 18 years old then – arrived in Japan.
This portrait of father and son is painted by a Kano School painter when they met Hayashi Akira (1800-1859) who held the position of Hayashi Daigaku-no-kami.
Henry A Adams (1800-1869) was Commodore Matthew Perry’s deputy and Captain of the Fleet, during Perry’s expedition to Japan.
Now mounted as a scroll.
40cm x 27cm.
Japan 19th Century.