a few japanese drawings made during Commodore Perry's opening of Japan to trade in 1853-54.
Hiroshige woodblock drawing - That flag is wrong. Quite wrong. Too many stripes and interestingly, it was apparently looked upon as not a field of stars but as a print pattern. It is probably the USS Saratoga
. It had 10 gun ports but it seems the artist may have decided to put the 10 gun ports in 2 rows.
Perry's ship the USS Mississippi
was a hybrid sail / steam ship. The smokestack in the drawing appears made of wood or brick probably because that was the expected material for a chimney. Note the eyes on the ships masthead and stern: a black iris and a white sclera surrounded by a ring of blue. After all, it was the ship of the blue eyed barbarians - what else would blue-eyed refer to?
The Japanese vision of the USS Mississippi is fierce.
"I can pinch an inch, manboob-san!"
Japanese drawing of Commodore Perry. Not sure if I see the resemblance
. Note the eyelids. I am slightly disturbed by the facial hair.