HMS Steam-Powered Battleship Medusa Opening the Shimonoseki Straits

Oil on canvas | 68 x 107cm | 1864

jonkheer Jacob Eduard van Heemskerck van Beest

Around 1860 Japan was in turmoil about whether or not the country should engage in trade with the West. In 1863 insurgents – advocates of an isolationist policy – fired on western vessels, including the Dutch warship Medusa, in the Shimonoseki Strait...
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