Lithographic Images of the Japan Expedition.:
~ Eliphalet Brown's Illustrations of the Japan Expedition
~ Wilhelm Heine's Graphic Scenes of the Japan Expedition
Price List (Added May 2009)
~ Heine, Brown, et. al., lithographs in the Government Narrative Lew Chew (Okinawa) - 20 Lithographs, 2 Maps
Japan - Part 1 - 28 + 1 (banned) Lithographs
Japan - Part 2 - 19 Lithographs - 1 Map
Other - 22 Lithographs - Not Japan or Okinawa
Natural History, Part 1 - Birds, Animals & Agriculture
Natural History, Part 2 - Fish & Shells
Reports/Documents Extracted from Volume 2
"Elephant" Folio of Six Lithographs
and Lithograph Cover Sheet
Published by Eliphalet M. Brown, Jr. in 1855
After the rare original art work by Wilhelm Heine and Eliphalet Brown and the actual daguerreotypes taken by Brown, these lithographs represent the scarcest first hand and contemporary images documenting the Japan expedition of 1852-5. Only one copy of the cover sheet has been documented as surviving. The existing lithographs are generally found in large libraries, specialized private collections or government or quasi-government archives and they seldom reach the general market.
In 1970 the original Wilhelm Heine watercolors that formed the basis for Brown's "elephant folio" of six lithographs were exhibited in the Residence of the American Embassy, Tokyo. Also, the rare lithographed cover sheet for the set was exhibited. A pamphlet titled The Heine Watercolors was prepared by Roger Pineau, Managing Editor of the Smithsonian Institution Press. It appears to be in the nature of a catalogue for the exhibit. In this publication the watercolors are reproduced in color and the cover sheet in black and white. More information on this pamphlet is here.
It is noted that Heine produced his own set of 10 large size lithographs (not as large as these however) which he published in 1856 and titled Graphic Scenes of the Japan Expedition. Heine did not credit E. Brown with any of the art in his work. For more information on the Heine folio, click here.
The folio of prints was accompanied by an elaborately illustrated descriptive cover sheet. This cover sheet is pictured in Great Lew Chew Discovered: 19th Century Ryukyu in Western Art and Illustration by Rob Oechsle and Masatoshi Uehara. For more information on this book, click here.
The descendants of Commodore Perry sold a complete set of these lithographs in 1993 through Christie's of New York. My write-up of the auction listing follows.
Christie's of New York:
For more information on Eliphalet Brown, click here.
It was typical for large, high quality, lithographs of this time to have extensive descriptive titles which would convey the significance of the image without the need for supplemental text. These six lithographs all have that type of titling. The exact titles listed above are from the bibliography to Samuel Morison's book "Old Bruin" and are found at page 463.
The illustrated cover sheet and all six of these lithographs, plus two smaller ones from the Narrative, are presented in black in white on a Library of Congress, Pictorial America, web page.
Three of the above lithographs are pictured in The Japan Expedition, 1852-1854; the Personal Journal of Commodore Matthew C. Perry. To see them, click here.
* This lithograph was on the retail market in 2003 priced at $24.000.
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