"Curiosity is the only good quality which I ever possessed"
From North America to Japan
After a brief stay in England, in 1888 Savage Landor left for his first oceanic journey. He arrived in New York, October 26th. Then he went to Boston, Montreal, Washington and Chicago, meeting important persons and above all making and selling paintings, mainly portraits of wealthy people who liked him not only for the vividness and brightness of his works but also because he was able to execute a large-size portrait in a very short time, saving the person portrayed exhausting sittings. This ability, his velocity in finishing the painting, was very useful to him in the following years, throughout the course of his career.
In 1889, on August 8th, Henry Arnold left from Vancouver to Japan. He arrived in Yokohama on August 25th. He remained in the Asian archipelago for sixteen months. According to his Memoirs, the experience in Japan was one of the most exciting in his life. He visited the most important cities and places of interest of the country where he could admire the beauty of that ancient culture, especially in Kyoto, the old capital with its wonderful monuments. His main activity in Japan was painting. He produced a large amount of paintings, some of which he sold to wealthy people, both Japanese and the many foreigners settled there to make businesses in a country only recently reopened to the rest of the world after nearly two centuries of self-imposed isolation.