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Title:  Photographs relating to Japan, 1898, vol. 2
Work Type:  photographs; photograph albums
Creator:  Kajima, Seibei (1866-1924), Japan, photographer
Date:  ca. 1890
Description:  Composite souvenir album of 29 hand-colored albumen prints from the Meiji period, most probably taken by Kajima Seibei. Includes mostly views of Kyoto showing Chion'in and other Buddhist temples, temple bells, gates, and cemeteries. Also included are views of Shinto shrines and torii; teahouses and Japanese gardens; Lake Biwa and the city of Otsu; Mount Fuji; and the bronze bell at the Buddhist temple complex of Todaiji, which houses the Great Buddha (Daibutsu) of Nara, Japan's largest bronze Buddha statue.
Dimensions:  24 x 33 cm.
Associated Name:  Stillman, E. G. (1884-1949), United States, collector
Chion'in (n.d.), Kyoto, Japan, subject
Todaiji (n.d.), Japan, Nara, Nara Prefecture, Japan, subject
Location:  Subject: Japan
Subject: Kyoto, Japan
Subject: Lake Biwa, Shiga Prefecture, Japan
Subject: Mount Fuji, Japan
Subject: Nara-shi, Japan
Subject: Otsu-shi, Japan
Topics:  Buddhist temples; Buddhist temple bells; gates; Shinto shrines; torii; Japanese gardens; teahouses; lakes; landscape photographs
Note:  General: Images measure 21 x 27 cm., most with printed captions in English. Typewritten label attached to front cover: Vol. 2: Street scenes, gardens, landscapes, temples. Photographs in color.
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. Bennett, Terry. Old Japanese Photographs: Collectors' Data Guide. London: Quaritch, 2006.
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
EGS09
KH 1755

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Title:  Large bell Daibutsu
Item Identifier:  L27 (studio number)
Work Type:  photographs
Date:  ca. 1890
Description:  Possibly the bronze bell at the Buddhist temple complex of Todaiji, which houses the Great Buddha (Daibutsu) of Nara, Japan's largest bronze Buddha statue.
Dimensions:  27 x 21 cm.
Associated Name:  Stillman, E. G. (1884-1949), United States, collector
Todaiji (n.d.), Japan, Nara, Nara Prefecture, Japan, subject
Location:  Subject: Nara-shi, Japan
Topics:  Buddhist temples; Buddhist temple bells
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 1787.
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.
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:  From the album: Photographs relating to Japan, vol. 2, p. 1
HOLLIS Catalog record
Repository:  Widener Library
EGS09.01
KH 1755
Record Identifier: olvgroup12382


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