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BEATO Felice
Photographs of Japan
1870s]. Album containing 50 large albumen prints (26 landscapes and architectural views, 24 hand-coloured portrait studies, each measuring ca. 29,5x23cm) with tipped-in printed descriptions (measuring 27,5x22cm) of each image on facing page. Large oblong folio (measuring 49x36cm). Contemporary brocade boards (somewhat worn with abrasions to corners), leather spine, re-backed in the early 20th century (splitting), very good inside. Preserved in a custom-made cloth box. [Yokohama], n.d. [but ca. Felice Beato (1832-1909) stands out amongst the foreign photographers of the 19th century. Born in Venice his parents took him to Corfu. Little is known as to how he developed his photographic skills. He travelled widely (Malta, Turkey, India and China) before arriving in Japan in 1863. Beato set up a successful photo studio in Yokohama, the center for foreign trade after the opening of Japan. In October 1866 he lost most of his stock in a major fire but he persevered and rebuilt. In 1877 he sold his firm to his former Austrian apprentice Baron Raimund von Stillfried, who had set up his own studio in 1871 and formed a partnership called Stillfried & Andersen. The present album dates from the late 1860s or early 1870s. Typically, it is divided into uncoloured scenic views and hand-coloured genre-scenes. List of Prints: 1. Yokohama - ?In the beginning of 1859 Yokohama was an insignificant fishing village in the midst of a marsh on the opposite side of the bay to Kanagawa, which town was originally the one named by Treaty to be opened to Foreign trade on the 1st July, 1859. 2. The Bell a … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Maggs Bros. Ltd ABA, ILAB, PBFA, BA [London, United Kingdom]
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