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Photograph of Japanese Officer 1861

Creator:
Sachtler, August
Physical description:
1 print albumen ; image 19.3 x 14.4 cm., mounted 26.8 x 21 cm
Type:
Photographs
Collection descriptions
Albumen prints
Portraits
Place:
Japan, Kanagawa Prefecture, Yokohama
Yokohama-shi (Japan)
Date:
1861
Summary:
One sepia monochrome albumen print take from a wet collodion glass plate negative, 20 x 15 cm., by August Sachtler (act. ca. 1860). Captioned "Japanese Officer" in pencil in the lower left margin. On the verso the inscription "Colonol Mann C.B. Royal Engineers" has been written in pencil. Image depicts a seated samurai, dressed in traditional clothing and holding two swords
Topic:
Samurai
Men
Local number:
FSA A2002.05
Data Source:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives

Three Portraits of Royal Nepalese Women

Photographer:
Unknown
Physical description:
3 Photographs extent Hand-painted silver gelatin prints 8.5 x 6 3/8
Culture:
Nepalese
Type:
Photographs
Collection descriptions
Place:
Nepal
Summary:
Three portraits of royal Nepalese women, the daughters of the Rana of Nepal and the Prime MInister (1931-1943) Juddah Samshar Janga Badahar Rana. The photos likely date from the 1910s-1920s. Each is a hand-tinted gelatin silver print mounted on paper.
Cite as:
Three Portraits of Royla Nepalese Women. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C
Local number:
FSA A2011.01
Data Source:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives

Mughal Garden Project Drawings and Photographs

Creator:
Unknown
Physical description:
5 linear feet
Type:
Drawings
Collection descriptions
Photographs
Place:
Lahore (Pakistan)
Summary:
These materials are related to the joint research project with the Smithsonian and the Pkistan Department of Archaeology entited, "Garden, City, and Empire: The Historical Geography of Mughal Lahore." This project explored the spatial layout of garden sites and their geographic relationships with teh broader urban context. There are various draft map and diagrams. There is also a watercolor painting.
Cite as:
Mughal Garden Project Drawings and Photographs. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C
Local number:
FSA A.03
Data Source:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives

Java, Tree Study 1870s

Creator:
Woodbury & Page
Physical description:
1 print albumen
Type:
Photographs Albumen
Collection descriptions
Place:
Java
Indonesia
Date:
1870s
Summary:
Albumen print of a tree lined street in Java.
Cite as:
Woodbury & Page: Java, Tree Study. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C
Local number:
FSA A1994.06
Data Source:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives

Photograph of Tsangpo Valley

Creator:
White, J. Claude (John Claude) b. 1853
Physical description:
1 print carbon 10 x 3.5 cm.; mounted 16 x 5 cm
Type:
Books
Collection descriptions
Place:
Tsangpo Valley
Tibet (China)
Notes:
John Claude White (1853-1918) was an amateur British photographer who spent his professional life working for the British Raj. From 1883 to 1908, White was stationed in Kathmandu and Sikkim. His famous images of the Himalayas were taken during this period. He accompanied Francis Younghusband on the British expedition to Tibet in 1903-1904 and made a number of landscape photographs during the campaign, including the image in this collection.
Summary:
This collection consists of one carbon print by John Claude White, depicting a panoramic view of the Tscangpo Valley, circa 1904.
Local number:
FSA A1998.06
Data Source:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives

Morith Collection

Creator:
Frick, Frank
Physical description:
I photography album : 151 prints;
2 box cameras
Type:
Photographs
Collection descriptions
Place:
Japan
Date:
1860
Notes:
Frank Frick was a merchant of Baltimore, Maryland, a patron of the arts, and during the last years of his life, traveler to Asia, Africa, and Europe. The album is 50 pages, each with hand tinted albumen prints and extensive hand painted margin decorations. The album itself is most likely American, but the photographs are Yokohama studio productions, mostly by the Tamamura studio. There are two vintage cameras: an 1898 Kodak :"Bullseye" and a 1920s Enemann Heig XII (not operational).
This photography album are from a dispersed set documeting Frick's world travels.
Summary:
One photography album of Frick's world travels. Also includes two box cameras.
Local number:
FSA A2013.03
Data Source:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives

Japanese Imperial Medal Presented to Harold P. Stern, 1977

Physical description:
I medal
Type:
Medals
Collection descriptions
Date:
1860
1977
Notes:
This medal was presented to Harold Stern by Japan.
Summary:
One medal of the Order of the Sacred Treasure, Third Grade, presented to Harold Philip Stern, Directo of the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, by the Emperor of Japan. The imperial seal was affixed at the Imperial Palace on April 3, 1977. There is also a certificate and various photo negatives.
Local number:
FSA A2014.04
Data Source:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives

Portrait of Dr. Arthur M. Sackler

Creator:
Yuan Xikun
Physical description:
1 painting
Type:
Paintings
Collection descriptions
Portraits
Date:
1888
Notes:
The son of well-known painter, Yuan Xiaoling, Yuan Xikun began making art at an early age, working in his father's studio. Yuan later studied at an academy of fine arts, Yunnan Art College. He was also mentored by Jian Zhaohe, a master of traditional Chinese painting. For many years, Yuan Xikun has functioned as a cultural ambassador, having been commissioned to create portraits of over 100 international politicians and celebrities in both ink-and-wash and bronze, including Koffi Annan, Jacques Chirac, Boris Yeltsin and President Clinton. He continues to participate in many international causes. In 1995, he established a private museum, Beijing Jintai Art Museum.
One painting of Dr. Arthur M. Sackler.
Summary:
One painting of Dr. Arthur M. Sackler.
Local number:
FSA A1999.37
Data Source:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives

Chaplain A.C. Oliver Jr. Lantern Slide Collection, circa 1920's and 1930's

Collector:
Oliver, Alfred Cookman 1885-1952
Physical description:
306 lantern slides : black and white and color
Type:
Lantern slides
Collection descriptions
Place:
China, Beijing, Beijing
Beijing (China)
Date:
1920
1920-1940
circa 1920s and 1930s
1900-1950
Notes:
Colonel Alfred C. Oliver Jr. graduated from Princeton University in 1917, and subsequently became an Army Chaplain, serving in both the First and Second World Wars. Oliver spent two years in China from 1930-1932. In 1942, he was taken prisoner of war by the Japanese in the Phillipines. Upon surviving the Bataan death march, he was kept imprisoned until his release in 1945. Over the course of his life, he was stationed at Walter Reed Army Hospital (Washington, D.C) , in Hawaii, and in Fort Harrison, Indiana, where he became involved in the Civilian Conservation Corps. He co-authored with Harold M. Dudley a book entitled '"This new America : the spirit of the Civilian conservation corps" (1937) regarding his experience in this work. He retired from the Army in 1946.
Summary:
Lantern slides and stereopticons, black and white and hand-colored, assembled by Chaplain Oliver (he appears in several), depicting monuments and scenes, especially in Beijing, such as Ming tombs, temples, the Summer Palace, landscapes, place views, military soldiers, Chinese people, Western visitors, and daily life. Also includes images of the Great Wall and the Forbidden City. Four boxes of the slides are housed in original wooden slide cases with Chaplain Oliver's name and the subject of the slide within painted on the cover. Many slides are numbered on the mount ; some credit the Hui Wen Photo Department, Tiensin Hui Wen Academy.
Topic:
China--Description and travel
Local number:
FSA A1997.06
Data Source:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives

Bailey Willis Glass Plate Photonegatives Collection circa 1904

Creator:
Willis, Bailey 1857-1949
Subject:
Willis, Bailey 1857-1949
Freer, Charles Lang 1856-1919
Walcott, Charles D (Charles Doolittle) 1850-1927
Physical description:
Glass plate photonegatives 160 Box 1-13 12.7x20.3 cm, 15.2x25.4 cm
Modern copy prints 119 Box 14-15 12x19.5 cm
Type:
Glass negatives, Modern copy prints
Collection descriptions
Place:
Japan
China
Date:
circa 1904
Notes:
Bailey Willis was born at his parents' country estate at Idlewild-on-Hudson, near Cornwall, New York in 1857. He was the son of Nathaniel Parker Willis, a poet and journalist, and Cornelia (Grinnell) Willis of the prominent New England Grinnell family. His maternal granduncle, Henry Grinnell, was a benefactor of Arctic expeditions. His mother was instrumental in nurturing young Willis's interest in nature and exploration. After his father's death when Willis was ten years old, his mother, concerned about her son's "tendency to dream ineffectually," decided to train him in the stern disciplines of mathematics and science (Willis, A Yanqui in Patagonia 4). At the age of thirteen, Willis began schooling in Germany, where he received rigorous Prussian education.
Returning to New York in 1874, Willis entered the School of Mines at Columbia University, graduating with degrees in Mining Engineering in 1878 and Civil Engineering in 1879. After graduation Willis worked as an assistant for Raphael Pumpelly, a prominent geologist, by estimating iron and coal resources for the Northern Pacific Railroad. Geological work in the Pacific Northwest convinced Willis to support the preservation of Mount Rainier and its surroundings. The Mount Rainier National Park was established by law in 1899.
In 1882 Willis married his cousin Altona Holstein Grinnell. After her death in 1896, he married Margaret Delight Baker, daughter of anatomist Frank Baker. Margaret assisted Willis as draftsman and secretary.
Willis first earned international recognition as a geologist in the field of structural geology. Following the bankruptcy of the Northern Pacific Railway in 1884, Willis worked on assignments from the United States Geological Survey. While working in the southern Appalachian Mountains, he became interested in what had caused folding and faulting. By using laboratory experiments, Willis investigated the conditions causing the deformation of strata and published his new interpretation of the deformation in the report "The Mechanics of Appalachian Structure" (1893). This study established him as one of the country's leading structural geologists. His later book Geologic Structures (1923) went into three editions.
In addition to geological studies in the United States, Willis actively engaged himself in foreign expeditions throughout his life. From 1903 to1904, Willis led a scientific expedition to China under the auspices of the Carnegie Institution of Washington. With Eliot Blackwelder, an associate geologist, and R. H. Sargent, a topographer, the expedition investigated the geomorphology, stratigraphy, and paleontology of the country. The result of the expedition appeared as Research in China in 1907, which won a gold medal from the Geographic Society of France. Furthermore, in recognition of this work, Willis was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Berlin in 1910. In the same year the Argentine government invited Willis to conduct a geological survey of Patagonia for the region's irrigation potential.
In 1915, at age 59, Willis accepted a position of Chairman of the Department of Geology at Stanford University, where he remained affiliated as a professor emeritus after his retirement. In California, Willis extended his research to the area of seismology, and served as President of the Seismological Society of America. Believing in the permanence of continents, he held an oppositional view to the continental drift theories. In 1949, Willis died in Palo Alto, California at age 91.
Summary:
Bailey Willis Glass Plate Photonegatives Collection consists of 160 glass plate photonegatives and 119 modern copy prints mostly of Japanese subjects. Depicting Meiji-era Japan and traditional paintings, the photographs are attributed to the prominent American geologist Bailey Willis, who travelled to Japan in 1904 in his return trip from China to the U.S. From 1903 to 1904, Willis led a scientific expedition to China to conduct geological and paleontological investigations under the auspices of the Carnegie Institution of Washington. The expedition was proposed by Dr. Charles D. Walcott, the Director of the U.S. Geological Survey, who would become the fourth Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution in 1907. After the expedition, the Smithsonian Institution took custody of 375 glass plate photonegatives taken by Willis during his Chinese expedition. Although the current Willis Collection does not retain Chinese glass plate photonegatives, which appear to be housed in the Huntington Library, the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives holds twelve original prints made from them. The Willis Collection richly documents Japanese local scenes, people, buildings, industries, agriculture, and art. It also contains a small number of Middle Eastern and Western images. These photographs are thought to be taken and/or purchased by Willis during his short stay in Japan in 1904.
Cite as:
Bailey Willis Glass Plate Photonegatives Collection. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C
Topic:
Geology
Photographs
Local number:
FSA A1991.06
Data Source:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives

Hughes French India Company School Drawings [1840?]

Creator:
Hughes, Thomas L
Physical description:
32 items; 39 x 25 cm
Type:
Drawings
Collection descriptions
Pictorial works
Views
Place:
India, Union Territory
India
Date:
1840
Summary:
The circumstances of creation are unknown for these watercolor drawings depicting Tamil men and women in various trades and activities. These ethnographic studies may have been rendered by a local Indian artist of the Pondicherry area of South India on commission for a French official or merchant. The name "Company School" has been attached to suggest the similarity between these drawings and those typically commissioned by the East India Company, especially during the early 18th century. The regularity of size and shape and numbering of the sheets would seem to indicate that these drawings may have been used to illustrate a bound monograph. Captions are in French. Several sheets are watermarked "J. Whatman. Balston & Co." with dates 1822-1825.
Cite as:
French India Company School Drawings. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Gift of Thomas L. Hughes, 1984-1985
Topic:
Drawing, Indic
Tamil (Indic people)
Ethnology
Social life and customs
Description and travel
Local number:
FSA A1993.10
Data Source:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives

Curt Maury Papers, late 1950s - 1977. [graphic]

Creator:
Maury, Curt
Physical description:
12 lin. ft
Type:
Dye coupler transparencies
Collection descriptions
Photographs
Place:
Gujarat (India)
Karnataka (India)
Kerala (India)
Maharashtra
Rajasthan (India)
India
Date:
1950
late 1950s - 1977
1950-2000
Notes:
Writer, social services administrator, and Indian art scholar Curt Maury (1909-1989) was born in Germany. He earned a PhD in German Literature from the University of Vienna in 1935 and emigrated to the United States in 1939. While pursuing a literary career through the publication of novels, plays, and poems, Maury developed an interest in India, which he visited many times from the 1950s through the 1970s. He conducted research on Indian folk art, including extensive photographic records.
Summary:
There are 13,440 photographs including dye coupler slides and silver gelatin photoprints. Other materials include books, ledgers, maps, notecards, a sketchbook, travel notebooks, and a typescript. The photographs document Indian folk art, primarily religious artifacts and structures with applied decorative detailing, as well as Indian cultural activities and natural surroundings. Areas of India documented include the states of Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, and Tamil Nadu.
Cite as:
Curt Maury Papers. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Gift of Mr. Hans Tischler
Topic:
Art, Hindu
Indian art
Cave temples
Taj Mahal (Agra, India)
Social life and customs
Local number:
FSA A1989.05
Data Source:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives

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Hans C. and Sonia P. Seherr-Thoss Photographs of Islamic Architecture, ca. 1960-1968

Creator:
Seherr-Thoss, Hans Christoph Graf von 1918-
Seherr-Thoss, Sonia P
Physical description:
ca. 1,250 items
Type:
Color slides
Collection descriptions
Photographic prints
Transparencies
Place:
Middle East
Iran
Uzbekistan
Afghanistan
Turkey
Date:
ca 1960-1968
Notes:
Count Hans Seherr-Thoss was born in Dobrau, Germany in 1912 (New York Times, October 29, 1992.) He later became a United States citizen and served in the United States' Army during World War II. Sonia Phipps Farrell married Seherr-Thoss in Palm Beach, Florida, on March 3, 1948 (The Washington Post, March 2, 1948.) Both had children from previous marriages. Mrs. Seherr-Thoss graduated from Columbia University with majors in economics and sociology. She served as president of the Litchfield (Connecticut) Historical Society and the Oliver Wolcott Library. She received the Paul Harris Fellowship for community service and the Connecticut Association of Schools awarded her the Distinguished Friend of Education Award. In 1968, the Smithsonian Institution Press published, Design and Color in Islamic Architecture: Afganistan, Iran, Turkey. Written by Mrs. Seherr-Thoss, the photographs were taken by Mr. Seherr-Thoss during their travels to the concerned regions. Many of the photographs featured in that publication are included in this collection. Hans C. Seherr-Thoss died on October 28, 1992 and Sonia P. Seherr-Thoss currently resides in Litchfield, Connecticut.
Summary:
Photographs and negatives of Islamic monuments. Photos taken by Hans C. Seherr-Thoss and most appear in his and Sonia P. Seherr-Thoss' publication, Design and color in Islamic architecture: Afghanistan, Iran, Turkey.
Cite as:
Hans C. and Sonia P. Seherr-Thoss Photographs of Islamic Architecture. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Gift of Sonia P. Seherr-Thoss, 2001
Topic:
Islamic antiquities
Decoration and ornament, Architectural
Islamic architecture
Mosques
Minarets
Antiquities
Local number:
FSA A2001.15
Data Source:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives

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Foreign Missions Library Lantern Slide Collection

Creator:
American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions
Subject:
Red Cross
Physical description:
98 lantern slides : black and white and color
Type:
Lantern slides
Collection descriptions
Place:
Iran, Tehran, Tehran
Iran
New York (N.Y.)
Tehran (Iran)
Date:
19??
19??-19??
Notes:
The Iran Mission was established by the U.S. Presbyterian Board of Mission in 1870, taking over the work of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions. Hundreds of the organization's missionaries were stationed in Iran. The first missionary to arrive was Justin Perkins (1805-1869), active in Persia from 1835 to 1869, establishing the Nestorian Mission at Urmia. Samuel Martin Jordan (1871-1952) arrived in Iran in 1898 and spent 43 years there, establishing among other institutions the Alborz High School (American College of Tehran). The Mission's functions were transferred to the Evangelical Church of Iran in 1965, until missionaries were ultimately removed from the country in 1969.
Summary:
Lantern slides, undated, some hand-tinted, assembled by the Foreign Missions Library of New York City to document missionary activities in Iran, probably during the early part of the twentienth century. Included are images of missionaries and evangelists, Fiske seminary, The American High School for Boys in Tehran, the Memorial School for Boys in Tabriz, the Red Cross, orphans, place views and architecture, a house interior, daily activities such as rug weaving and plowing, livestock, and people such as Kurdish women and a dervish. The slides are hand-colored and black and white, and many are captioned.
Cite as:
Foreigh Missions Library Lantern Slide Collection. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C
Topic:
Missionaries
Local number:
FSA A1991.04
Data Source:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives

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Russell Hamilton Postcard and Photograph Collection, circa 1895-1909

Creator:
Hamilton, Russell d. 1911 (collector)
Physical description:
193 postcards and photographs : black and white and color
Type:
Postcards
Collection descriptions
Photographs
Place:
China
Egypt
Hong Kong
India
Japan
Kuwait
Oman
Somalia
Sri Lanka
Yemen
Date:
1909
circa 1895-1909
1890-1920
Summary:
Assembled by English petty officer Russell Hamilton (d. 1911) during his voyages made prior to 1909, likely for the British Merchant Marines, documenting images of China, Egypt, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Kuwait, Oman, Madagascar, Mauritius, Seychelles, Somalia, Sri Lanka, and Yemen. The items date from between the late 1890's and 1909.The 183 photographic postcards are both black and white and hand-tinted with many captions in English created for Western audiences They were produced by various publishers, among whom Clifton & Co. The 10 silver prints depict people in daily activities, culture groups, street scenes, city views, architectural monuments and landscapes.
Topic:
Description and travel
Local number:
FSA A2001.13
Data Source:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives

Impey Family Photograph Albums circa 1850-1889

Photographer:
Impey, Eugene Clutterbuck Captain
Creator:
Scowen & Co
Woodbury & Page
Physical description:
ca. 304 albumen and salt prints : black and white
Type:
Salted paper prints
Collection descriptions
Albumen prints
Place:
India, West Bengal, Calcutta (Kolkata)
India
Sri Lanka
Java
Date:
circa 1850-1889
1840-1860
Notes:
E.C. Impey, an important figure in the early photography of India, was one of a number of British soldiers to take up that medium in the 1850's-1860's. Impey, whose grandfather, Sir Elijah Impey and his wife Mary were highly important patrons of Indian painting, was also related to 19th century photographers Sir John Herschel and Julia Margaret Cameron. Sir Elijah Impey was an extremly influencial justice at the onset of British colonization of India. Despite his presence in India for only just over eight years, he was appointed to preside in Sudder Dewannee Adawlet, the court of appeals for civil causes from the provincial council, and also acted as the chief justice of the state of Bengals. In addition, he was responsible for prepring the Code of Rules,Orders and Regulation (1781) , an important colonial cornerstone of the British contribution to the codification of Indian law.
Summary:
Two personal photo albums of Captain Eugene Clutterbuck Impey containing images of his brother, Captain Henry Dixon and other unidentified photographers (some initialled in the negative) of the late 1850's and early 1860's, and British colonials. There are also images of various Indian peoples, a still life of game birds, a panoramic view supposedly of ruins after the Mutiny, and architectural images.
Topic:
Description and travel
Local number:
FSA A1993.09
Data Source:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives

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Philip Miles Photographs of Chinese Architecture, circa 1901

Collector:
Smith, Myron Bement 1897-1970
Physical description:
18 photographic prints : black and white ; 8 x 10 cm
18 glass negatives black and white ; 8 x 10 cm
Type:
Photographic prints
Collection descriptions
Glass negatives
Place:
China, Beijing, Beijing
China
Beijing (China)
Date:
1901
circa 1901
Notes:
There is no known information as to the exact identity of Philip Miles, although apparently he was from Madison, Wisconsin.
Summary:
Photographs taken of architectural moments in Beijing post Boxer Rebellion (1898-1901). Details regarding the photographer, Philip Miles, yet to be confirmed. He was an amateur photographer, perhaps part of the American or British troops sent in response to the uprising. Images include : 286) Wan Shou Shan, Jen Shou Tian. The ceremonial hall of the Dowager Empress. 287) Temple of Heaven 288) Wan Shou Shan, Shore view. 289 ) Ming Tombs: Ling Tien. 290) The Yellow Temple. 291) Indian Pagoda at the yellow Temple. 292) Temple of Heaven. 293) Temple of Heaven. 294) Sculptures along the road to the Ming Tombs. 295) 7th area of the Fa-lun Tien or Wheel of Law Hall. 296) Temple of Heaven. 297) Sculptures along the road to the Ming Tombs. 298) Left: Small marble pagoda at the Ju Ch'uan shan; Right: Large brick pagoda at Ju Ch'uan shan. 299) The Temple of Heaven, the circular enclosures from exterior, Temple of Heaven in far background. 300) Sculptures along the road to the Ming Tombs. 301) Sculptures along the road to the Ming Tombs. 302) Altar of Heaven. 303) Wan Shou Shan, Fo Hsing ko. Pavilion for Incense to Buddha.
Topic:
Architecture
Local number:
FSA A2014.05
Data Source:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives

Mrs. Harry C. Norcross Collection of Early Photographs of Japan, circa 1890's

Creator:
Norcross, Henry C.
Norcross, Henry C. Mrs
Physical description:
13 albumen prints : color ; 27.9 x 19.2 cm or smaller
Type:
Albumen prints
Collection descriptions
Place:
Japan
Date:
1890-1900
19th century
Summary:
Unmounted and hand-colored albumen prints created by unidentified commercial studios for the export market, portraying the people, sites and daily life of Japan during the Meiji period. Originally part of a published photo album. Photographers identified: Tamamura Kozaburo and Ogawa Kazumasa. Images include: Women looking at a sign ; Women enjoying tea on a balcony ; Geikos on a leisure boat ; Cherry trees along Koganei Banks ; A row of Japanese cedar trees along the Nikko Road ; Statue of nio ; Nobi great earthquake
Cite as:
Mrs. Henry C. Norcross Collection of Early Photography of Japan. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Gift of Jean Leslie Norcross, 2003
Topic:
Photography
Local number:
FSA A2003.13
Data Source:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives

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Martha Smith Collection of Stereographs and Postcards, circa 1904

Creator:
Underwood & Underwood
Mayor, A. Hyatt (Alpheus Hyatt) 1901-1980
Underwood & Underwood Studios
Exposition universelle de 1867 (Paris, France)
Subject:
Meiji Emperor of Japan 1852-1912
Physical description:
51 stereographs: black and white
2 postcards: black and white
Type:
Stereographs
Collection descriptions
Postcards
Place:
Japan
Date:
1904
circa 1904
1900-1910
Notes:
The cards were most likely assembled by Ms. Smith's father, A. Hyatt Mayor (1901-1980), art historian, writer, and Metropolitan Museum of Art Curator of Prints from 1946-1966.
Underwood & Underwood was an early photographic studio who produced steroscopic and photographic images from 1881 to the 1940s. Founded in Ottawa, Kansas by brothers Elmer Underwood and Bert Elias Underwood, the studio worked in Ottawa, Baltimore, and New York City. They sold box sets of photographs and set up distribution offices throughout the world. Underwood & Underwood covered major news events like the Boer War and the Great War.
Summary:
43 stereographs from the early twentieth century were produced by the Underwood & Underwood Studio depicting various scenes and people from Meiji Japan, 3 stereographs from the 1867 Exposition Universelle in Paris, France, and two black and white postcards from Japan. Specific Japanese locations depicted include: Yokohama; Mississippi Bay and the Mikado Cliffs; Tokyo; Mt. Haruna, Ikao; Kyoto; Hiroshima; Lake Chuzenji.
Local number:
FSA A2002.02
Data Source:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives

Three Roads to Urga, circa 1920's [typescript]

Physical description:
1 item (75 pages of typescript)
79 silver prints : black and white
Type:
Travel diaries
Collection descriptions
Prints
Place:
Mongolia, Mongolia, Urga (Ulaanbaatar)
Mongolia
Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia)
Date:
192?
192?-192?
circa 1920s
Summary:
Detailed account, probably by an American trader of ponies, recalling his years of travel to and in Outer Mongolia along three caravan routes that led to Urga (now Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia), with descriptions of the travel conditions, modes of transportation, trade practices, the Russian, Mongolian, and Chinese people of the region, an encounter with the "Andrews expedition" (likely the Central Asiatic Expedition of the American Museum of Natural History, 1922-1925, led by zoologist Roy Chapman Andrews), daily living, housing, customs, and festivals, and animals indigenous to the area. 79 silver prints were adhered to the text and depict the probable author, peoples encountered, transportation vehicles, housing, animals, places visited, and landscapes.
Local number:
FSA A1996.02
Data Source:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives

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