JAPAN Royal navy ships bay of Matsurai Island Jezo antique print 1855
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JAPAN: Royal navy ships, bay of Matsurai, Island Jezo, antique print, 1855

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CAPTION BELOW PICTURE: 'H.M. Ships Hornet and Bittern sounding the bay of Matsurai, Island of Jezo'


Bakumatsu
Bakumatsu ("Late Tokugawa Shogunate") are the final years of the Edo period when the Tokugawa shogunate came to an end. It is characterized by major events occurring between 1853 and 1867 during which Japan ended its isolationist foreign policy known as sakoku and transitioned from a feudal shogunate to the Meiji government. The major ideological/political divide during this period was between the pro-imperialist ishin shishi (nationalist patriots) and the shogunate forces, including the elite Shinsengumi (newly selected corps) swordsmen.
Although these two groups were the most visible powers, many other factions attempted to use the chaos of Bakumatsu to seize personal power. Furthermore there were two other main driving forces for dissent: first, growing resentment on the part of the tozama daimyo (or outside lords), and second, growing anti-western sentiment following the arrival of Matthew C. Perry. The first related to those lords who had fought against Tokugawa forces at the Battle of Sekigahara (in 1600) and had from that point on been excluded permanently from all powerful positions within the shogunate. The second was to be expressed in the phrase sonn ji, or "revere the Emperor, expel the barbarians". The turning point of the Bakumatsu was during the Boshin War and the Battle of Toba-Fushimi when pro-shogunate forces were defeated.

(Source Wikipedia)

Notes on the historical context / background to the print can be viewed at: Bakumatsu

DATE PRINTED: 1855    

IMAGE SIZE: Approx 7.5 x 11.0cm, 3 x 4.5 inches (Small)

TYPE: Antique wood engraved print

CONDITION: Fair: Verso text apparent. Tight top margin; The image shown may have been scanned from a different example of this print than that which is offered for sale: Any flaws described in this statement may not be visible on the scan but will be present on the print you receive. Please note any other blemishes on the scan prior to purchasing this picture. Virtually all antiquarian maps and prints are subject to some normal aging due to use and time which is not obtrusive unless otherwise stated. We offer a no questions asked return policy.

AUTHENTICITY: This is an authentic historic print, published at the date stated above. It is not a modern copy.

VERSO: There are images and/or text printed on the reverse side of the picture. In some cases this may be visible on the picture itself (please check the scan prior to your purchase) or around the margin of the picture.

ARTIST/CARTOGRAPHER/ENGRAVER: Unsigned

PROVENANCE: Illustrated London News



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JAPAN: Royal navy ships, bay of Matsurai, Island Jezo, antique print, 1855
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