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Title:  Samurai wearing armor
Item Identifier:  studio number 40
Work Type:  photographs
Creator:  Tamamura, Kozaburo (b. 1856, Japanese), photographer
Date:  ca. 1876
Description:  Studio portrait.
Dimensions:  27 x 21 cm.
Associated Name:  Stillman, E. G. (1884-1949, American), collector
Location:  Subject: Japan
Topics:  portrait photographs; samurai; men; Japanese; armor; swords
Materials/Techniques:  Hand-colored albumen print mounted on cardboard hinged in accordion-fold album.
Note:  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.
Provenance: Gift of E.G. Stillman to Widener Library, 1930, later transferred to the Fine Arts Library.
Related Work:  part of E.G. Stillman Japanese Collection
part of Early Photography of Japan
Related Information:  HOLLIS Catalog record
From the Tamamura Kozaburo photograph album, p. 36
Repository:  Harvard Fine Arts Library, Special Collections
Record Identifier: olvwork599671
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