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Title:  Japanese women picking tea leaves, with Mount Fuji in the distance
Work Type:  photographs
Creator:  Attributed to Tamamura, Kihei (d.1951, Japanese), photographer
Tamamura, Kozaburo (b. 1856, Japanese), photographer
Date:  ca. 1895
Dimensions:  19 x 24 cm.
Associated Name:  Stillman, E. G. (1884-1949, American), collector
Location:  Subject: Mount Fuji, Japan
Topics:  mountains; tea; Japanese; rural women; harvesting
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 500.
General: Attributed to Tamamura Kihei by Nagasaki University Library but probably photographed by his father Tamamura Kozaburo based on a terminal date taken of not after 1898.
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. Regarded as an originator of "Yokohama shashin" for tourists, Tamamura Kozaburo opened his first studio in Tokyo in 1874 and then moved to Yokohama in 1883. For the next 30 years he became one of the most successful and popular commercial photographers in Japan by selling souvenir photograph albums to foreigners and taking profitable commissions from various organizations. He received many awards for his photography before his son Tamamura Kihei took over the business in 1916 and operated it until around the time of the Great Kanto earthquake of 1923. Kihei became one of Japan's leading pictorialist photographers.
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. 37
HOLLIS Catalog record
Repository:  Widener Library
KH 1755
Record Identifier: olvwork537880
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