Portraits and genre scenes: studio portrait of farmer with radishes hanging on hoe; two young women sleeping; young nurse with umbrella carrying baby on her back; studio view with a painted backdrop of older man and woman "eating by the roadside;" people working in tea-yard at Uzi, Yamshiro; farmer and bullock ; cart carrying rice bales to market; women planting rice; men and women threshing rice; people bathing in waterfall, Yumoto; priest and attendant in front of Daibutsu, Hiogo; woman in kago in front of Hafuya Hotel; women preparing meal; woman dishing up food, man eating; "sacred car" and procession; rope dancing: children standing on hands, man with drum; fire brigade balancing on ladders; a view of chrysanthemums.
Views of Japan: signs lining theatre street, Yokohama; Nagasaki: boats pulled up on beach, island beyond; Takaboko: women by horse statue, Bronze Horse Temple; torii and stairs; Nikko: Yomeimon Gate at shrine; waterfall of Riuzu; Kyoto: group of people with umbrellas on Spectacle Bridge; idols in Sanjusangendo; rickshaw in bamboo grove; Kobe: Mayasan Temple; woman on balcany looking at Nunobiki Waterfall; Tokyo: sepulchre at Shiba, showing gate to shrine and tomb; rickshaws under cherry trees in bloom, Akasaka; people on porch in tea house garden; Fuji from Yoshiwara; Shiraitono-Taki, a waterfall near Fuji; hanging bridge, Fuji beyond; large building, Fujiya Miyanoshit[a]; Matsushima (Inland sea), three views showing rock formations, islands, boats; lanterns and torii at Miyajima Inland Sea at Aki; boat on Miyajima Aki.
Ownership: Gift of Jane (Mrs. Irving) Sadosky, 1979.
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.
Content: Images are numbered and captioned in negative.