Maine and the Orient

Portrait of Capt. Frank I. Pendleton

It's likely that the Japanese artist who created this had bodies ready on which all was needed was a head portrait of the buyer. Searsport's Captain Frank I. Pendleton (1848-1915) had his family with him on this voyage, and similar scrolls were painted of them, but not as samurai.

Commodore Perry Meeting the Imperial Commissioner at Yokohama

Engraving from Narrative of the Expedition of an American Squadron to the China Seas and Japan, performed in the years 1852, 1853, and 1854, under the command of Commodore M.C. Perry, United States Navy, 1856.

Port of Canton

Austrian, American, French, and British and Danish flags fly in front ot the Hongs (merchant's compounds or building complexes) in Canton. On the river two Royal Navy barges row.

Watercolor port painting of Canton.

View of Old China Street, Canton

While Commodore Matthew Perry is best known for his two visits to Japan, he also spent time in China.

Engraving from Narrative of the Expedition of an American Squadron to the China Seas and Japan, performed in the years 1852, 1853, and 1854, under the command of Commodore M.C. Perry, United States Navy, 1856.

Tea Box

Tea box covered with decorated paper panels.

Opium Pipe

Opium pipe of carved ivory.

Chinese Porcelain Tea Pot

Chinese export porcelain teapot, Mandarin pattern of the early to mid 19th century in the Famille Rose colors, a color named for the pinkish reds.

Chinese Lacquered Sewing Box

Laquered sewing boxes like this one were frequently found in Maine deepwater captains' homes, a useful gift or something that a captain's wife might have bought for herself when shopping in Canton. Chinese lacquered sewing box from Canton. Gilt chinoiserie, with carved ivory implements inside. 

Canton River and Approaches Chart

Detail of East India Archipelago, Western Route to China, Chart No. 5, showing Macao, the Canton River, and Hong Kong. Whampoa Reach was as high as trading vessels were allowed to sail on the Canton River.

Published by James Imray & Son, 1876.

Chinese Painting of the Hongs of Canton

Chinese painting of the Hongs of Canton and a view of Canton Harbor, c. 1850. These painting were produced in quantities to sell to the western merchants. There are six Chinese junks and an American steamboat in the foreground. Flags of America, France, Britain and Denmark fly. A massive fire destroyed these buildings in 1856. Hongs served as residences, trading headquarters, and warehouses for western merchants in Canton. Westerners were restricted to the Hongs.

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