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Number: 3098
Continent: Africa
Region: South
Place Names: Cape Town, Table Mountain, South Africa
Year of Origin: 1856
Title: Cape Town and Table Mountain
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Language: English
Publish Origin: New York
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Size Class.: Small
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Cartographer: Eliphalet Brown Jr.
Peter Bernhard Wilhelm Heine
Engraver: Sarony & Co
Publisher: Sarony & Co
Peter Bernhard Wilhelm Heine
Other Contributors: Francis Hawk
Commodore M. C. Perry
A. O. P. Nicholson
Bayard Taylor
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Notes: [PENDING ABE ARRIVAL] This harbor scene features a view of Cape Town and Table Mountain in South Africa. It appeared in Francis Hawk's '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'. Perry led a diplomatic expedition to explore trade options with Japan, which had been in self-imposed isolation for about 220 years. Along the way Perry made port calls at various places, one of them being Cape Town.In this view, we see that is most likely is the Perry's flagship "Mississippi" anchored in the water with the United States flag and another small boat, also flying the US flag headed towards shore. Table mountain, the prominent flat-top mountain, is seen overlooking Cape Town. This view was drawn from nature by Wilhelm Heine with figures by Eliphalet Brown Jr. In good condition with minor foxing.Dr. Francis Lister Hawks (1798 - 1866) was an American priest of the Episcopal Church, and a politician in North Carolina. The aim of the venture was to solve Japan from its political and economic isolation policy with the help of "Gunboat Diplomacy". The artist Peter Bernhard Wilhelm Heine (1827 in Dresden - 1885 in K?zschenbroda) and Eliphalet Brown (1816 - 1886) accompanied the expedition at this time to capture this first insight into the secluded land. The author Bayard Taylor (1825 in Kennett Square - 1878 in Berlin) was present. The Reiseroute went from Norfolk (Virginia) via Madeira, St. Helena, Cape Town, Mauritius, Ceylon, Singapore, Macao, Hong Kong and Shanghai to the Japanese mainland and its islands. [Lithograph. Image measures 7x9in.]
Last updated: Jan 13, 2017