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Title:  Photographs of Japan, vol. 1
Work Type:  photograph albums; photographs
Creator:  Kusakabe, Kimbei (1841-1932), Japan, photographer
Farsari, Adolfo (1841-1898), photographer
Shimooka, Renjo (1823-1914), Japan, photographer
Uchida, Kuichi (ca. 1844-1875), Japan, photographer
Stillfried, Baron Raimund von (1839-1911), Austria, photographer
Date:  ca. 1870-ca. 1888
Description:  Souvenir album of 50 hand-colored albumen prints from the Meiji period taken in Tokyo, Kyoto, Yokohama, Hakone, and other locations. Includes photographs attributed to Kusakabe Kimbei, Shimooka Renjo, Uchida Kuichi, Adolfo Farsari, and Baron Raimund von Stillfried. Characteristic of Japanese tourist photography, the images reflect traditional Japanese culture before changes brought about by modernization and Western influence. Subjects include: Japanese gardens, cherry trees, Buddhist temples, Nikko Toshogu and other Shinto shrines, pagodas and torii, rickshaws and palanquins, bridges and rivers, teahouses, hot springs, Mount Fuji, cities and towns, and portraits of Japanese women, priests, and laborers.
Dimensions:  31 x 40 cm.
Associated Name:  Stillman, E. G. (1884-1949), United States, collector
Mansfield, Howard (1849-1938), United States, former owner
Location:  Subject: Japan
Subject: Tokyo, Japan
Subject: Kyoto, Japan
Subject: Yokohama-shi, Japan
Subject: Hakone-machi, Japan
Subject: Mount Fuji, Japan
Topics:  Japanese gardens; cherry trees; hot springs; mountains; rivers; waterfronts; Buddhist temples; Shinto shrines; torii; pagodas (buildings); bridges; rickshaws; palanquins; women; Japanese; clothing and dress; landscape photographs; cityscape photographs; portrait photographs; group portraits; teahouses
Materials/Techniques:  Hand-colored albumen prints mounted on cardboard and hinged in album.
Note:  Provenance: Gift of E.G. Stillman to Widener Library. Acquired by Stillman from Howard Mansfield.
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.
Inscription: Inscribed on front cover: To Papa, from Howard, San Francisco, Cal., Aug. 1st, 1892.
General: Images measure 21 x 27 cm. Printed caption labels in English mounted below most prints. Album in fragile condition. Possibly bound in lacquer boards that were removed before acquisition. Rebound in cloth boards and re-housed in custom clamshell box, Weissman Preservation Center, 2011.
Citation/References: Nagasaki University Library. Metadata database of Japanese old photographs in Bakumatsu-Meiji Periods. New York Public Library Digital Gallery. Japan / Kusakabe Kimbei.
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
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Title:  Prince Hotta's garden at Tokio
Work Type:  photographs
Creator:  Kusakabe, Kimbei (1841-1932), Japan, photographer
Attributed to Tamamura, Kozaburo (b. 1856), Japan, photographer
Date:  ca. 1883
Description:  Garden at house owned by the Hotta family from 1868-1887.
Dimensions:  21 x 27 cm.
Associated Name:  Stillman, E. G. (1884-1949), United States, collector
Mansfield, Howard (1849-1938), United States, former owner
Location:  Subject: Tokyo, Japan
Topics:  Japanese gardens; ponds; stone lanterns
Materials/Techniques:  Hand-colored albumen print mounted on cardboard and hinged in album.
Note:  Provenance: Gift of E.G. Stillman to Widener Library.
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. Kusakabe Kimbei worked as a photographic colorist and assistant with both Felice Beato and Baron Raimund von Stillfried before opening his own studio in 1880. Professionally known by his given name Kimbei, he combined his studio portraits and scenic views of Japan with reprints of photographs by Beato, Stillfried, Uchida Kuichi, and other photographers to create souvenir albums for tourists. He also produced hand-colored collotypes and lantern slides. By 1901, he operated the largest studio in Japan with a portfolio in excess of 2,000 images. He stopped working as a photographer in 1914 and spent his remaining years painting.
General: Title from printed caption label. Probably photographed by Kusakabe Kimbei but also attributed to Tamamura Kozaburo and various other photographers.
Citation/References: Nagasaki University Library. Metadata database of Japanese old photographs in Bakumatsu-Meiji Periods. ID 4442.
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. 1, p. 1
HOLLIS Catalog record
Repository:  Widener Library
EGS11.01
Record Identifier: olvgroup12435


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