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Title:  Japan
Work Type:  photograph albums; photographs
Creator:  Beato, Felice (1832-1909), England, Italy, photographer
Date:  1867?
Description:  Album of 47 photographic prints by pioneering photograher Felice Beato, mostly of Yokohama, Tokyo, Nagasaki, Kamakura, and the Tokaido (the Eastern Sea Road). City and landscape views from the beginning of the Meiji period show buildings and streets, harbors, junks, Buddhist temples and pagodas, Shinto shrines and torii, Edo castle, cemeteries, roads, bridges, rivers, and mountains.
Dimensions:  33 x 46 cm.
Associated Name:  Stillman, E. G. (1884-1949), United States, collector
Location:  Subject: Tokyo, Japan
Subject: Japan
Subject: Nagasaki, Nagasaki Ken, Japan
Subject: Yokohama-shi, Japan
Subject: Tokaido, Japan
Subject: Kanagawa-ken, Japan
Subject: Nakatsu River, Japan
Subject: Mount Fuji, Japan
Topics:  cityscape photographs; landscape photographs; cities; harbors; palaces; castles; moats; waterfronts; cemeteries; Buddhist temples; pagodas (buildings); Shinto shrines; torii; junks; bodies of water; bridges; mountains; legations; American; historic sites
Note:  Provenance: Gift of E.G. Stillman to Widener Library, 1934, later transferred to the Fine Arts Library.
General: Images measure 22 x 29 cm., with brief handwritten captions in English. Because Felice Beato's Yokohama studio was destroyed by fire in November 1866 and most of the photographs in this album appeared in his 1868 publication, Photographic views of Japan, it is probable they were taken in 1867.
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. Regarded as the most famous Western photographer in Japan, Felice (or Felix) Beato arrived in Yokohama in 1863. Because of his military and diplomatic connections, he was able to travel and take photographs of places that were otherwise closed to foreigners. In 1866, a fire destroyed his studio and he reportedly spent several months early the next year taking new photographs that he published in the 1868 landmark two-volume Photographic Views of Japan with Historical and Descriptive Notes. In 1877, Beato sold his studio, stock, and negatives to Baron Raimund von Stillfried. He left Japan penniless in 1884. Beato's landscape views, genre works, and studio portraits established a precedent that influenced later Meiji era photographers.
Citation/References: Most images published in: Photographic views of Japan / by Felice Beato ; with historical and descriptive notes compiled from authentic sources and from personal observation during a residence of several years by James William Murray, Assistant Commissary General. Yokohama : printed at the Japan Gazette Office, 1868.
Inscription: Inscribed in pencil on recto of front flyleaf: The Old Japan as it will never appear again.
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:  Harvard Fine Arts Library, Special Collections
EGS24
K5 416

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Title:  Nagasaki
Original Title: View of the harbour, Nagasaki
Work Type:  photographs
Creator:  Beato, Felice (1832-1909), England, Italy, photographer
Date:  1867?
Dimensions:  22 x 29 cm.
Associated Name:  Stillman, E. G. (1884-1949), United States, collector
Location:  Subject: Nagasaki, Nagasaki Ken, Japan
Topics:  cities; harbors; cityscape photographs
Materials/Techniques:  Albumen print mounted in album.
Note:  General: Title from album caption.
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. Regarded as the most famous Western photographer in Japan, Felice (or Felix) Beato arrived in Yokohama in 1863. Because of his military and diplomatic connections, he was able to travel and take photographs of places that were otherwise closed to foreigners. In 1866, a fire destroyed his studio and he reportedly spent several months early the next year taking new photographs that he published in the 1868 landmark two-volume Photographic Views of Japan with Historical and Descriptive Notes. In 1877, Beato sold his studio, stock, and negatives to Baron Raimund von Stillfried. He left Japan penniless in 1884. Beato's landscape views, genre works, and studio portraits established a precedent that influenced later Meiji era photographers.
Provenance: Gift of E.G. Stillman to Widener Library, 1934, later transferred to the Fine Arts Library.
Citation/References: Published in: Photographic views of Japan / by Felice Beato ; with historical and descriptive notes compiled from authentic sources and from personal observation during a residence of several years by James William Murray, Assistant Commissary General. Yokohama : printed at the Japan Gazette Office, 1868.
Related Work:  Part of: E.G. Stillman Japanese Collection
Part of: Early Photography of Japan
Related Information:  From the album: Japan, p. 1
HOLLIS Catalog record
Repository:  Harvard Fine Arts Library, Special Collections
EGS24.01
Record Identifier: olvgroup12484


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