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Title:  Yoshiwara farmers-house to Fujiyama
Work Type:  photographs
Creator:  Shimooka, Renjo (1823-1914, Japanese), photographer
Date:  ca. 1870
Description:  View looking north from a Yoshiwara farmer's house, near the Fuji River, toward Mount Fuji.
Dimensions:  21 x 27 cm.
Associated Name:  Stillman, E. G. (1884-1949, American), collector
Mansfield, Howard (1849-1938, American), former owner
Location:  Subject: Mount Fuji, Japan
Topics:  mountains; farmhouses; landscape photographs
Materials/Techniques:  Hand-colored albumen print mounted on cardboard and hinged in album.
Note:  Citation/references: Nagasaki University Library. Metadata database of Japanese old photographs in Bakumatsu-Meiji Periods. ID 3176.
General: Title from printed caption label. Possibly photographed by Shimooka Renjo.
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. New York lawyer and art collector Howard Mansfield served as a trustee and treasurer of the Metropolitan Museum of Art for more than 20 years. In 1936 he donated his collection of Japanese art to the museum. After serving as a samurai in the artillery battery at Shimoda from 1843-1844, Shimooka Renjo went to study art in Edo and discovered photography. He went on to become Japan’s most famous photographer and is regarded in that country as the “Father of Japanese Photography.” Shimooka established the first Japanese commercial studio in Yokohama in 1862 after years of trying to learn photography from various people. In turn, he taught other Japanese photographers, including Suzuki Shinichi. By the mid-1870s, he retired from active photography and returned to painting.
Provenance: Gift of E.G. Stillman to Widener Library.
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. 1, p. 23
HOLLIS Catalog record
Repository:  Widener Library
Record Identifier: olvwork542205
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