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Title:  Photographs of Japan
Work Type:  photographs; photograph albums
Creator:  Tamamura, Kozaburo (b. 1856), Japan, photographer
Stillfried, Baron Raimund von (1839-1911), Austria, photographer
Date:  ca. 1870-ca. 1890
Description:  Album of 48 hand-colored albumen prints from the Meiji period. More than half taken by Tamamura Kozaburo and some by Baron Raimund von Stillfried. Includes general city, harbor, and street views of Tokyo, Yokohama, Kobe, Kyoto, and Nagasaki. Images show festivals, funeral processions, daily life, Shinto shrines, parks, and Japanese gardens. Also included are landscape views around the Hakone resort area showing Mount Fuji, Lake Ashi, hot springs, waterfalls, hotels, and teahouses; and portrait photographs of women playing musical instruments and dancing, women riding in basket palanquins and jinrikishas, women having their hair done and receiving a massage, women harvesting tea leaves and threshing rice; an old samurai, Buddhist priests, laborers, vendors, a tattooed man, sumo wrestlers, and a blind shampooer with a bamboo whistle.
Dimensions:  32 x 40 cm.
Associated Name:  Stillman, E. G. (1884-1949), United States, collector
Location:  Subject: Japan
Subject: Tokyo, Japan
Subject: Yokohama-shi, Japan
Subject: Nagasaki, Nagasaki Ken, Japan
Subject: Kobe-shi, Japan
Subject: Kyoto, Japan
Subject: Hakone-machi, Japan
Subject: Mount Fuji, Japan
Subject: Lake Ashi, Japan
Topics:  teahouses; parks; Japanese gardens; resorts; hot springs; mountains; bodies of water; landscape photographs; Shinto shrines; torii; gates; bridges; streets; harbors; city and town life; portrait photographs; group portraits; women; men; Japanese; clothing and dress
Note:  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.
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.
Provenance: Gift of E.G. Stillman to Widener Library, 1938, later transferred to the Fine Arts Library.
General: Images measure 21 x 26 cm. or smaller, some with printed captions in English.
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
EGS25
K5 416

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Title:  Hotta family garden
Work Type:  photographs
Creator:  Tamamura, Kozaburo (b. 1856), Japan, photographer
Date:  ca. 1880
Description:  Garden at house owned by the Hotta family from 1868-1887.
Dimensions:  21 x 26 cm.
Associated Name:  Stillman, E. G. (1884-1949), United States, collector
Location:  Subject: Tokyo, Japan
Topics:  ponds; stone lanterns; Japanese gardens
Materials/Techniques:  Hand-colored albumen print mounted on cardboard and hinged in album.
Note:  Provenance: Gift of E.G. Stillman to Widener Library, 1938, later transferred to the Fine Arts Library.
Citation/References: Nagasaki University Library. Metadata database of Japanese old photographs in Bakumatsu-Meiji Periods. ID 4158.
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 an originator of "Yokohama shashin" for tourists, Tamamura Kozaburo opened his first studio in Tokyo in 1874 and then moved to Yokohama in 1883. For the next 30 years he became one of the most successful and popular commercial photographers in Japan by selling souvenir photograph albums to foreigners and taking profitable commissions from various organizations. He received many awards for his photography before his son Tamamura Kihei took over the business in 1916.
Related Work:  Part of: E.G. Stillman Japanese Collection
Part of: Early Photography of Japan
Related Information:  From the album: Photographs of Japan, p. 1
HOLLIS Catalog record
Repository:  Harvard Fine Arts Library, Special Collections
EGS25.01
Record Identifier: olvgroup12485


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