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Title:  Photographs relating to Japan, 1898, vol. 3
Work Type:  photographs; photograph albums
Creator:  Kusakabe, Kimbei (1841-1932), Japan, photographer
Tamamura, Kozaburo (b. 1856), Japan, photographer
Farsari, Adolfo (1841-1898), photographer
Ogawa, Kazumasa (1860-1929), Japan, photographer
Date:  ca. 1883-ca. 1895
Description:  Composite souvenir album of 50 hand-colored albumen prints from the Meiji period. Identified photographers include Kusakabe Kimbei, Tamamura Kozaburo, Adolfo Farsari, and Ogawa Kazumasa, but in most cases the photographer is unknown. Subjects include Shinto shrines, torii, tombs, cherry trees, gardens, and landscapes; Buddhist temples, bells, priests, funeral processions, and sculpture, including the bronze statue of Diabatsu, the Great Buddha of Kamakura; Japanese travelers on the Tokaido, hotels, the Imperial Palace, sumo wrestlers, and festivals; street scenes showing shops, paper lanterns, rickshaws, and daily life; and Japanese women harvesting shellfish, planting rice, picking tea leaves, playing go, dressed in kimonos, and with children. Most photographs were taken in Yokohama and Tokyo; other locations include Nikko, Hakone, and Mount Fuji.
Dimensions:  27 x 35 cm.
Associated Name:  Stillman, E. G. (1884-1949), United States, collector
Location:  Subject: Japan
Subject: Tokyo, Japan
Subject: Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan
Subject: Nikko-shi, Japan
Subject: Hakone-machi, Japan
Subject: Mount Fuji, Japan
Subject: Tokaido, Japan
Topics:  Shinto shrines; torii; cherry trees; Japanese gardens; mountains; landscape photographs; Buddhist temples; Buddhist temple bells; Buddhist sculpture; Buddhist priests; Buddhas; festivals; roads; hotels; sumo wrestlers; streets; shops; rickshaws; city and town life; women; children; Japanese; clothing and dress; kimonos; portrait photographs; group portraits
Note:  General: Images measure 19 x 25 cm. Typewritten label attached to front cover: Photograph album: 1898. Temples, shrines, festivals, street scenes, occupations. Japanese color photographs.
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
EGS10
KH 1755

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Title:  Torii and cherry trees at Iseyama Kodai Shinto shrine, Nogeyama (later renamed Iseyama), Yokohama
Work Type:  photographs
Date:  ca. 1890
Dimensions:  19 x 24 cm.
Associated Name:  Stillman, E. G. (1884-1949), United States, collector
Kotai Jingu (n.d.), Ise-shi, Mie Prefecture, Japan, subject
Location:  Subject: Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan
Topics:  torii; cherry trees; Shinto shrines; gates
Materials/Techniques:  Hand-colored albumen print mounted on album page.
Note:  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.
Subject: Iseyama Kotai Jingu in Nogeyama, Yokohama, is a branch of the Ise Grand Shrine, the most sacred Shinto shrine in Japan, located in Ise City.
Inscription: Inscribed on verso: Yokohama.
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. 3, p. 1
HOLLIS Catalog record
Repository:  Widener Library
EGS10.01
KH 1755
Record Identifier: olvgroup12383


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