'Nagasaki' [Japan]

No. 18 of 51 (PAJ2051 - PAJ2101): inscribed by the artist on the album page 'Nagasaki', and dated '7/68'. Nagasaki is the capital and the largest city of Nagasaki Prefecture, in the extreme south-west of the main Japanese island of Kyushu. It has a very long natural harbour, orientated approximately north-north-east to south-south-west. This view appears to overlook the town from the south, up the east side of the harbour. Western ships are in the bay and warehouses on the waterfront. A small burial plot is on the right, amid the agricultural terracing of the hillside in the immediate foreground.

Originally a fishing village, Nagasaki became a significant site of Portuguese missionary and trade activity in the 1540s, which formed the basis of its expanding importance into the 19th century: it became a free port in 1859. Through this period it was Japan's principal though not sole gateway to Western trade and under the Meiji restoration from 1868 it became a centre of heavy industry and a major Japanese naval base.

Object Details

ID: PAJ2068
Type: Drawing
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Butt, James Henry
Places: Nagasaki
Date made: July 1868
People: Butt, James Henry
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Measurements: Sheet: 148 x 222 mm
Parts: Album of topographical views, mainly on the coasts of Japan, China and Formosa (Taiwan) (Album)

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