Views of Japan: temples or shrines, some views possible at Nikko, including details of the buildings, view of bells and stone lanterns and details of screens and woodcarvings, including view of carved monkeys in "See no evil, hear not evil, speak no evil" pose, a carved cat; bronze Buddha, Kotokuin, in Kamakura; a pagoda; toriis; Yokohama: views of foreign residences and buildings, streets and bridges, monument; views of sericulture, silk winding and weaving; landscapes including waterfalls, Mt. Fuji, agricultural scenes including planting and harvesting rice, waterways including boats pulled up on shore, forest scenes; portraits of individuals including man and woman in winter clothes, women in various poses, including reading, writing, paper folding with umbrella, arranging hair, with musical instruments, washing clothes, in rickshaws and kagos, cooking, dancing; men (some tattoed), including plant sellers, sandal maker, basket sellers, umbrella maker, playing a game, having hair arranged, monks praying or meditating; man attending woman in bed [massage?]; children with women and practicing calligraphy; Ainu: group of women in front of thatched buildings, and studio portrait of man holding bow and arrow, with boy; theatrical scenes; portraits of sumo wrestlers, and a view of a match showing wrestlers and spectators in western style straw hats
Content: Albumen prints are mounted both recto and verso. Small, mostly hand-colored views of scenes and people are mounted on recto, large b&w prints of a temple or temples on verso.
Content: Brown half-leather bound album with tabbed gilt-edge leaves. Leaves are numbered on verso, 1-35. Leaves 34 and 35 are in reverse order.
Biographical/historical: The technology of photography was introduced into Asian countries soon after its invention in various forms in Europe. The first daguerreotype camera was imported into Japan in 1848 (the patent dates to 1839). Wet and dry plate photographic processes were introduced into Japan by Dutch photographers stationed on the island of Dejima, in Nagasaki Bay, beginning in the 1850s. Japan was first opened to foreigners following the entry of Admiral Perry into Tokyo Bay in 1853 (a daguerreotype photographer accompanied Perry's expedition); we thus have an extensive photographic documentation of Japan, and of interaction between the Japanese and foreigners, from this period on. Felice Beato accompanied the British expeditionary army into China in 1860, and photographed the first military campaign. Beato set up his photographic studio with Charles Wirgman in Yokohama in 1863. A major Japanese photographer is Kimbei (Kusakabe Kimbei), thought to have been a pupil of Beato. He assisted Beato in the hand-coloring of photographs until 1863. He set up his own large and flourishing studio in Yokohama in 1881.
Extent: 1 album (67 pl. : 162 photographic prints) ; albumen, col. ; 23 x 28.5 cm or smaller in album approx. 34 x 42 cm.