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Title:  Japanese photographs of the Meiji period, vol. 1
Work Type:  photograph albums; photographs
Creator:  Farsari, Adolfo (1841-1898), photographer
Kusakabe, Kimbei (1841-1932), Japan, photographer
Tamamura, Kozaburo (b. 1856), Japan, photographer
Uchida, Kuichi (ca. 1844-1875), Japan, photographer
Ogawa, Kazumasa (1860-1929), Japan, photographer
Kajima, Seibei (1866-1924), Japan, photographer
Date:  1868-1897?
Description:  Composite souvenir album of 52 hand-colored albumen prints from the Meiji period. Mostly scenic views of Tokyo. Other locations include Koganei, Yokohama, Kamakura, Kobe, Matsushima Bay, and Awaji Island and Itsukushima (or Miyajima) in the Inland Sea. Images show Ueno Park, cherry trees, wisteria, gardens, stone lanterns, the Sumida River, rickshaws and ferries, Japanese women wearing kimonos, Kameido Tenjin and other Shinto shrines, Buddhist temples, torii, and teahouses.
Dimensions:  27 x 35 cm.
Associated Name:  Stillman, E. G. (1884-1949), United States, collector
Mansfield, Howard (1849-1938), United States, former owner
Zojoji (n.d.), Tokyo, Japan, subject
Location:  Subject: Tokyo, Japan
Subject: Ueno Koen, Tokyo, Japan
Subject: Sumida River, Tokyo, Japan
Subject: Itsukushima, Japan
Subject: Awaji Island, Japan
Subject: Yokohama-shi, Japan
Topics:  parks; cherry trees; rickshaws; gardens; stone lanterns; rivers; waterfronts; wisteria; torii; Buddhist temples; teahouses; women; Japanese; Shinto shrines; kimonos; clothing and dress; islands; bodies of water; landscape photographs; city and town life; ferries
Note:  General: Includes some photographs by Kajima Seibei, Adolfo Farsari, Kusakabe Kimbei, Ogawa Kazumasa, and Uchida Kuichi. Images measure 21 x 27 cm., most with printed captions in English. Photographs removed from album for preservation purposes, 2009; original order retained; original album retained for reference purposes. Typewritten label attached to front cover: Vol. 1. Tokyo. Japanese color photographs.
Provenance: Gift of E.G. Stillman to Widener Library, 1948. Brought from Japan in 1898 by Howard Mansfield, V.P. Metropolitan Museum [of Art in New York].
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.
Citation/References: Nagasaki University Library. Metadata database of Japanese old photographs in Bakumatsu-Meiji Periods.
Attribution: Many photographs from early commercial studios in Japan do not include photographer credits. Studios and shops frequently produced albums for the foreign market using the work of various photographers without attribution and without using the original captions or catalog numbers. Also, a photographer's negatives might be acquired and incorporated into another studio's stock. For these reasons and more, it is often difficult to identify the photographer of a 19th century Japanese photograph.
Related Work:  Part of: E.G. Stillman Japanese Collection
Part of: Early Photography of Japan
Related Information:  HOLLIS Catalog record
Repository:  Widener Library
EGS04
KH 1756

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Title:  Imperial Hotel, Tokyo
Work Type:  photographs
Date:  ca. 1890
Dimensions:  21 x 27 cm.
Associated Name:  Stillman, E. G. (1884-1949), United States, collector
Location:  Subject: Tokyo, Japan
Topics:  hotels; cherry trees; waterfronts
Materials/Techniques:  Hand-colored albumen print mounted on album page.
Note:  General: Title from recto.
Provenance: Gift of E.G. Stillman to Widener Library, 1948.
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.
Citation/References: Nagasaki University Library. Metadata database of Japanese old photographs in Bakumatsu-Meiji Periods. ID 1807.
Related Work:  Part of: E.G. Stillman Japanese Collection
Part of: Early Photography of Japan
Related Information:  From the album: Japanese photographs of the Meiji period, vol. 1, p. 1
HOLLIS Catalog record
Repository:  Widener Library
EGS04.01
KH 1756
Record Identifier: olvgroup12195


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