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Title:  General views of Japan, I
Work Type:  photographs; photograph albums
Creator:  Kusakabe, Kimbei (1841-1932), Japan, photographer
Ogawa, Kazumasa (1860-1929), Japan, photographer
Farsari, Adolfo (1841-1898), photographer
Kajima, Seibei (1866-1924), Japan, photographer
Date:  ca. 1880-ca. 1890
Description:  Composite souvenir album of 26 hand-colored albumen prints from the Meiji period. Chiefly views of Buddhist temples, Shinto shrines, and gardens in and near Kyoto; also includes images of Mount Fuji and Nagoya Castle.
Dimensions:  29 x 37 cm.
Associated Name:  Stillman, E. G. (1884-1949), United States, collector
Nishi Honganji (n.d.), Kyoto, Japan, subject
Rokuonji (n.d.), Kyoto, Japan, subject
Nagoyajo Tenshukaku (n.d.), Nagoya-shi, Aichi Prefecture, Japan, subject
Location:  Subject: Japan
Subject: Kyoto, Japan
Subject: Mount Fuji, Japan
Subject: Nagoya-shi, Japan
Topics:  Buddhist temples; Buddhist temple bells; Shinto shrines; torii; Japanese gardens; ponds; bridges; mountains; landscape photographs; castles
Note:  General: Some photographs attributed to Kusakabe Kimbei, Kajima Seibei, Ogawa Kazumasa, and Adolfo Farsari. Images measure 21 x 27 cm., with brief handwritten or printed captions in English.
Provenance: Gift of E.G. Stillman to Widener Library, later transferred to the Fine Arts 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.
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:  Harvard Fine Arts Library, Special Collections
EGS21
K5 416

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Title:  Atami
Work Type:  photographs
Date:  188-?
Dimensions:  21 x 27 cm.
Associated Name:  Stillman, E. G. (1884-1949), United States, collector
Location:  Subject: Atami-shi, Japan
Topics:  hot springs; resorts
Materials/Techniques:  Hand-colored albumen print mounted in album.
Note:  Provenance: Gift of E.G. Stillman to Widener Library, later transferred to the Fine Arts 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.
General: Title from handwritten caption.
Related Work:  Part of: E.G. Stillman Japanese Collection
Part of: Early Photography of Japan
Related Information:  From the album: General views of Japan, I, p. 1
HOLLIS Catalog record
Repository:  Harvard Fine Arts Library, Special Collections
EGS21.01
Record Identifier: olvgroup12436


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