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Title:  Photographs of Japan, vol. 4
Alternate Title: Japan : photographs
Work Type:  photograph albums; photographs
Creator:  Thompson, Stephen Joseph (1864-1929), Canada, photographer
Waters, Raper James (b. 1856), United States, photographer
Fiske, George (1835-1918), United States, photographer
Taber, I. W. (1830-1912), United States, photographer
Ogawa, Kazumasa (1860-1929), Japan, photographer
Farsari, Adolfo (1841-1898), photographer
Tamamura, Kozaburo (b. 1856), Japan, photographer
Date:  1880-1896
Description:  Souvenir album of 58 photographs compiled by E.G. Stillman, approximately half of which are hand-colored albumen prints from Japan taken during the Meiji period. Some of these are attributed to Ogawa Kazumasa, Tamamura Kozaburo, and Adolfo Farsari but most are by unidentified photographers. Includes studio portraits and scenes of domestic life, city and landscape views, Nagoya Castle, Buddhist temples, Shinto shrines, and other images from various locations around Japan. Other photographs include views of Yosemite by George Fiske, Hawaii and San Francisco by I.W. Taber, and the Canadian Rockies around Banff in Alberta by Stephen J. Thompson.
Dimensions:  27 x 33 cm.
Associated Name:  Stillman, E. G. (1884-1949), United States, collector
Nagoyajo Tenshukaku (n.d.), Nagoya-shi, Aichi Prefecture, Japan, subject
Rokuonji (n.d.), Kyoto, Japan, subject
Chion'in (n.d.), Kyoto, Japan, subject
Location:  Subject: Japan
Subject: Banff, Alberta, Canada
Subject: Yosemite Falls, Yosemite National Park, California, United States
Subject: California, United States
Subject: Hawaii, United States
Subject: Kyoto, Japan
Subject: Nara-shi, Japan
Subject: Yokohama-shi, Japan
Subject: Hakone-machi, Japan
Subject: Eno Island, Japan
Subject: Nikko-shi, Japan
Subject: Nagoya-shi, Japan
Topics:  portrait photographs; landscape photographs; cityscape photographs; women; men; Japanese; domestic life; city and town life; streets; waterfronts; roads; mountains; bodies of water; parks; waterfalls; rock formations; hot springs; resorts; hotels; islands; castles; Buddhist temples; Buddhist temple bells; Buddhist sculpture; Buddhist priests; Buddhas; Shinto shrines
Materials/Techniques:  Media include: 46 albumen prints, including 26 hand colored, 8 gelatin silver prints, 5 collodion printing-out paper prints, and 1 halftone photomechanical print.
Note:  General: Images measure 21 x 27 cm. or smaller, most with captions in English.
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.
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
Page images of entire album
Repository:  Widener Library
EGS14
KH 1514

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Title:  Bean-cake seller
Item Identifier:  B1016 (studio number)
Work Type:  photographs
Date:  ca. 1890
Description:  Studio portrait of a bean cake vendor wearing a straw raincoat and bamboo hat and a woman customer wearing a kimono.
Dimensions:  21 x 27 cm.
Associated Name:  Stillman, E. G. (1884-1949), United States, collector
Location:  Subject: Japan
Topics:  food vendors; women; Japanese; clothing and dress; men
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.
General: Title from caption.
Related Work:  Part of: E.G. Stillman Japanese Collection
Part of: Early Photography of Japan
Related Information:  HOLLIS Catalog record
From the album: Photographs of Japan, vol. 4, p. 1
Repository:  Widener Library
EGS14.01
Record Identifier: olvgroup12444


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