Three illustrations from the Perry Scroll, created by Hibata Ōsuke to celebrate the signing of the Kanagawa Treaty, 1858.
The Perry Scroll provides a pictorial record of Commodore Perry’s second visit to Japan in 1854, though it is believed to have been produced in 1858 to commemorate the second Kanagawa Treaty. The scroll is based on the sketches by Hibata Ōsuke and was possibly commissioned by a high-ranking Japanese official. According to the British Museum, which has held the scroll since 2013, Perry’s visits “generated an explosion of Japanese popular works” including color woodblock prints, painted handscrolls, and other art. Much of this popular art was quite crude and exaggerated facial features of the foreign visitors.
These selected images from the Perry Scroll were reproduced in an art catalog titled Foreigners in Early Japan. The third image on the page depicts the quarter-size steam engine, carriage, and track gifted to the shogun by the Americans.