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Title:  Imperial Palace, Tokyo
Work Type:  photographs
Creator:  Kusakabe, Kimbei (1841-1932, Japanese), photographer
Date:  ca. 1885
Dimensions:  19 x 24 cm.
Associated Name:  Stillman, E. G. (1884-1949, American), collector
Location:  Subject: Tokyo, Japan
Subject: Imperial Palace, Tokyo, Japan
Topics:  imperial palaces; moats
Materials/Techniques:  Hand-colored albumen print mounted on album page.
Note:  Citation/references: Nagasaki University Library. Metadata database of Japanese old photographs in Bakumatsu-Meiji Periods. ID 157.
General: Title from verso.
Historical: Ernest Goodrich Stillman, the son of American financier and banker James Stillman, earned his BA from Harvard in 1908 and his MD from Columbia in 1913. He worked at the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research from 1915-1949. A generous benefactor of Harvard University, he had many interests, including photography and collecting Japanese art and literature. Kusakabe Kimbei worked as a photographic colorist and assistant with both Felice Beato and Baron Raimund von Stillfried before opening his own studio in 1880. Professionally known by his given name Kimbei, he combined his studio portraits and scenic views of Japan with reprints of photographs by Beato, Stillfried, Uchida Kuichi, and other photographers to create souvenir albums for tourists. He also produced hand-colored collotypes and lantern slides. By 1901, he operated the largest studio in Japan with a portfolio in excess of 2,000 images. He stopped working as a photographer in 1914 and spent his remaining years painting.
Provenance: Gift of E.G. Stillman to Widener Library, 1948.
Related Work:  part of E.G. Stillman Japanese Collection
part of Early Photography of Japan
Related Information:  From the album: Photographs relating to Japan, vol. 3, p. 27
HOLLIS Catalog record
Repository:  Widener Library
KH 1755
Record Identifier: olvwork537853
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