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Title:  Souvenir of a garden party at Waseda
Work Type:  albums; photomechanical prints
Creator:  Ogawa, Kazumasa (1860-1929), Japan, photographer
Date:  1898
Description:  Album with two black-and-white collotype portraits of Count and Countess Okuma Shigenobu and 20 hand-colored collotypes of a garden party at their home in the Waseda district of Tokyo. Includes printed captions in English on overlaying tissue.
Dimensions:  30 x 40 cm.
Associated Name:  Stillman, E. G. (1884-1949), United States, collector
Mansfield, Howard (1849-1938), United States, former owner
Okuma, Shigenobu (1838-1922), Japan, subject
Location:  Subject: Tokyo, Japan
Topics:  garden parties; statesmen; Japanese; nobility; Japanese gardens; houses; chrysanthemums
Materials/Techniques:  Collotypes mounted in album bound in decorated silk brocade with silk cords and tassels.
Note:  General: Title from title page of album. Typewritten note tipped into album, initialed "HM," states: On Wednesday, November 2nd, 1898, Mr. and Mrs. Howard Mansfield, Mrs. George W. Porter and Dr. George M. Tuttle, were special guests at a Garden Party at Waseda, the home, near Tokyo, of Count and Countess Okuma. Count Okuma was the Prime Minister of Japan. The invitation to the Garden Party had been arranged by our friend, Mr. Hiromichi Shugio, who, on the last page but one of the pictures in this book, is shown seated at the table at the right, facing front.
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. 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. Innovative photographer, printer, and publisher Ogawa Kazumasa, also known as K. Ogawa, pioneered the photomechanical printing process in Japan and transformed the market from souvenir albums to publications illustrated with hand-colored collotypes. His publications introduced Japanese art and culture to a broader international audience. From 1882-1884, he studied photographic and printing processes in Boston and Philadelphia. When he returned to Japan he opened a photography studio in Tokyo. In 1889, he established Japan's first collotype business, launched the art magazine Kokka, and became a founding member of the Photographic Society of Japan. He published more than 300 books and became the Meiji era's leading exponent of photography as art.
Subject: A Japanese statesman and prime minister, Okuma Shigenobu was an early advocate of Western science and culture in Japan and founder of Waseda University in Tokyo.
Related Work:  Part of: E.G. Stillman Japanese Collection
Part of: Early Photography of Japan
Related Information:  Page images of entire album
Repository:  Widener Library
EGS07
KJ 683

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Title:  Countess Okuma (from the latest photograph)
Work Type:  photomechanical prints
Creator:  Ogawa, Kazumasa (1860-1929), Japan, photographer
Date:  1898
Dimensions:  20 x 13 cm.
Associated Name:  Stillman, E. G. (1884-1949), United States, collector
Mansfield, Howard (1849-1938), United States, former owner
Okuma, Shigenobu (1838-1922), Japan, subject
Location:  Subject: Tokyo, Japan
Topics:  nobility; Japanese; women; portrait photographs; countesses; garden parties
Materials/Techniques:  Collotype mounted on album page.
Note:  Subject: Wife of Count Okuma Shigenobu.
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. Innovative photographer, printer, and publisher Ogawa Kazumasa, also known as K. Ogawa, pioneered the photomechanical printing process in Japan and transformed the market from souvenir albums to publications illustrated with hand-colored collotypes. His publications introduced Japanese art and culture to a broader international audience. From 1882-1884, he studied photographic and printing processes in Boston and Philadelphia. When he returned to Japan he opened a photography studio in Tokyo. In 1889, he established Japan's first collotype business, launched the art magazine Kokka, and became a founding member of the Photographic Society of Japan. He published more than 300 books and became the Meiji era's leading exponent of photography as art.
Provenance: Gift of E.G. Stillman to Widener Library, 1948.
General: Title from caption.
Related Work:  Part of: E.G. Stillman Japanese Collection
Part of: Early Photography of Japan
Related Information:  HOLLIS Catalog record
From the album: Souvenir of a garden party at Waseda, p. 1
Repository:  Widener Library
EGS07.01
KJ 683
Record Identifier: olvgroup12236


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