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Title:  Photographs of Japan, vol. 3
Original Title: Japanese photographs in color
Work Type:  photographs; photograph albums
Creator:  Stillfried, Baron Raimund von (1839-1911), Austria, photographer
Ogawa, Kazumasa (1860-1929), Japan, photographer
Tamamura, Kozaburo (b. 1856), Japan, photographer
Date:  ca. 1873-ca. 1888
Description:  Composite souvenir album of 27 hand-colored albumen prints from the Meiji period. Chiefly studio portraits and genre views, the images document traditional clothing and dress; tea ceremonies and other customs; Buddhist priests, pilgrims, and temples; torii and Shinto shrines; rickshaws; occupations, including firefighters, street vendors, and craftsmen; child acrobats, women dancers, and musicians. Photographers include Baron Raimund von Stillfried and Kusakabe Kimbei.
Dimensions:  31 x 29 cm.
Associated Name:  Stillman, E. G. (1884-1949), United States, collector
Kusakabe, Kimbei (1841-1932), Japan, photographer
Location:  Subject: Japan
Subject: Tokyo, Japan
Subject: Yokohama-shi, Japan
Topics:  tea services; city and town life; craftsmen; merchants; firefighters; Shinto shrines; torii; Buddhist temples; Buddhist priests; Buddhist pilgrims; acrobats; children; kimonos; clothing and dress; women; Japanese; genre photographs; group portraits; portrait photographs; tea ceremonies; shamisens; rickshaws
Materials/Techniques:  Hand-colored albumen prints on cardboard mounts hinged in album.
Note:  General: Images measure 28 x 22 cm. or smaller, some with captions in English.
Provenance: Gift of E.G. Stillman to Widener Library, 1934.
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
EGS13

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Title:  Fire fighters
Work Type:  photographs
Date:  ca. 1875
Dimensions:  28 x 22 cm.
Associated Name:  Stillman, E. G. (1884-1949), United States, collector
Location:  Subject: Japan
Topics:  firefighters; fire towers; ladders; Japanese
Materials/Techniques:  Hand-colored albumen print mounted on cardboard and hinged in album.
Note:  Provenance: Gift of E.G. Stillman to Widener Library, 1934.
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. On recto, lower left, in Japanese characters: No. 7.
Related Work:  Part of: E.G. Stillman Japanese Collection
Part of: Early Photography of Japan
Related Information:  From the album: Photographs of Japan, vol. 3, p. 1
HOLLIS Catalog record
Repository:  Widener Library
EGS13.01
Record Identifier: olvgroup12439


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