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Title:  Percival Lowell photographs of Korea
Original Title: Fenollosa collection : Japan, 1880-1890, photographs
Work Type:  albums; photographs
Creator:  Lowell, Percival (1855-1916), photographer
Date:  1884
Description:  Album of 24 photographs taken by Percival Lowell when he briefly lived in Korea, including views of the royal palaces Kyongbokkung and Changgyeong; portraits of Kojong, the King of Korea, and Crown Prince Sunjong; Percival Lowell, the first American minister to Korea Lucius Foote and his wife Rose, and various Korean government officials; also, landscapes, mountains, Wongaksa Pagoda, Buddhist monks, a kisaeng, and other Korean entertainers.
Dimensions:  album 25 x 34 cm
Associated Name:  Stillman, E. G. (1884-1949), United States, collector
Fenollosa, Ernest (1853-1908), former owner
Kojong, King of Korea (1852-1919), subject
Sunjong, King of Korea (1874-1926), subject
Foote, Lucius Harwood (1826-1913), United States, subject
Location:  Subject: Korea
Topics:  mountains; landscape photographs; group portraits; portrait photographs; Americans; international relations; diplomats; foreign service; pagodas (buildings); Koreans; Buddhist monks; entertainers; government officials; royal palaces; kings
Materials/Techniques:  Albumen prints, 12 x 19 cm, mounted on cardboard and hinged in album.
Note:  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. A member of the prominent Lowell family of Boston (his brother A. Lawrence Lowell was president of Harvard University and his sister was Pulitzer Prize winning poet Amy Lowell), Percival Lawrence Lowell graduated Harvard in 1876. From 1883-1893, he traveled throughout the Far East. He lived in Japan, where he became friends with Ernest Fenollosa and Edward Morse, and wrote books on Japan and Korea. He also served as counselor and foreign secretary to the 1883 diplomatic mission from Korea to the United States. Following this mission, Lowell stayed in Korea as a guest of the government for several months. After returning to the U.S., he founded Lowell Observatory and devoted the rest of his life to the study of astronomy.
Provenance: Presumably given by Percival Lowell to Ernest Fenollosa, the album was later acquired by E.G. Stillman and then donated to Widener Library sometime between the 1930s and 1940s.
General: No captions.
Inscription: Label attached to inside front cover: From the library of Professor Ernest F. Fenollosa at "Kobinata," Southern Alabama. Inscribed on label: Mary McNeil Fenollosa (Sidney McCabe).
Related Work:  Part of: E.G. Stillman Japanese Collection
Related Information:  HOLLIS record
Page images from album
Repository:  Widener Library
EGS16
KH 1514

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Title:  Percival Lowell (center) with a group of unidentified Koreans
Work Type:  photographs
Date:  1884
Dimensions:  print 12 x 19 cm
Associated Name:  Stillman, E. G. (1884-1949), United States, collector
Fenollosa, Ernest (1853-1908), former owner
Lowell, Percival (1855-1916), subject
Location:  Subject: Korea
Topics:  group portraits; portrait photographs; foreign service; international relations; Koreans; Americans
Materials/Techniques:  Albumen print mounted on cardboard and hinged in album.
Note:  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. A member of the prominent Lowell family of Boston (his brother A. Lawrence Lowell was president of Harvard University and his sister was Pulitzer Prize winning poet Amy Lowell), Percival Lawrence Lowell graduated Harvard in 1876. From 1883-1893, he traveled throughout the Far East. He lived in Japan, where he became friends with Ernest Fenollosa and Edward Morse, and wrote books on Japan and Korea. He also served as counselor and foreign secretary to the 1883 diplomatic mission from Korea to the United States. Following this mission, Lowell stayed in Korea as a guest of the government for several months. After returning to the U.S., he founded Lowell Observatory and devoted the rest of his life to the study of astronomy.
Related Work:  Part of: E.G. Stillman Japanese Collection
Related Information:  From the album: Percival Lowell photographs of Korea, p. 1
HOLLIS record
Repository:  Widener Library
EGS16.01
KH 1514
Record Identifier: olvgroup12526


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