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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
Topic:
Samurai
Men
Local number:
FSA A2002.05
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
Data Source:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
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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
Local number:
FSA A2011.01
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
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Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
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Mughal Garden Project Drawings and Photographs

Creator:
Unknown
Physical description:
5 linear feet
Type:
Drawings
Collection descriptions
Photographs
Place:
Lahore (Pakistan)
Local number:
FSA A.03
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
Data Source:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
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Java, Tree Study 1870s

Creator:
Woodbury & Page
Physical description:
1 print albumen
Type:
Photographs Albumen
Collection descriptions
Place:
Java
Indonesia
Date:
1870s
Local number:
FSA A1994.06
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
Data Source:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
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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)
Local number:
FSA A1998.06
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.
Data Source:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
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William Hodges: A Dissertation on the Prototypes of Architectures, Hindoo, Moorish, and Gothic, 1787

Creator:
Hodges, William 1744-1797
Physical description:
I book bound in brown Morocco leather with considerable repairs 57 x 85 cm
Type:
Books
Collection descriptions
Place:
India
Bengal (India)
Bihar (India)
Date:
1860
1787
Local number:
FSA A2012.06
Notes:
In his youth, William Hodges was apprenticed, for seven years, to the leading landscape painter, Richard Wilson. Hodges became well known for the sketches and paintings he produced as James Cook's appointed draughtsman during his second expedition to the Pacific Ocean (1772-1775). Form 1778 to 1783 he visited India as a professional painter under the protection of Warren Hastings, The Governor General of the East Indian Company. The most productive period of his Indian sojourn was between 1781 to 1783, when he toured the regions of Bengal and Bihar producing mostly landscape paintings for leading British figures. Hodges Disseration, published in 1787 and dedicated to Hastings, originates from material collected during his Indian tour. The painter's work gives shape and color to landscapes of the non-European world, creating a visual and explicit connection between these unfamiliar territories and the British audience.
Summary:
One book by William Hodges published in 1787.
Data Source:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
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Stephen Eckerd Collection of Photographs

Creator:
Eckerd, Stephen
Physical description:
22 print
Type:
Photographs
Collection descriptions
Albumen prints
Place:
Nepal
Japan
Date:
1860
Local number:
FSA A2013.01
Notes:
These photographs depict various scenes in Nepal and Japan.
Summary:
A collection of 11 photographic prints collected by Stehen Eckerd in Nepal. Two of the photographs were taken by Eckerd. there are also 4 hand-tinted albumen photographs of Japanese scenes.
Data Source:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
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Morith Collection

Creator:
Frick, Frank
Physical description:
I photography album : 151 prints;
2 box cameras
Type:
Photographs
Collection descriptions
Place:
Japan
Date:
1860
Local number:
FSA A2013.03
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.
Data Source:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
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Japanese Imperial Medal Presented to Harold P. Stern, 1977

Physical description:
I medal
Type:
Medals
Collection descriptions
Date:
1860
1977
Local number:
FSA A2014.04
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.
Data Source:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
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Portrait of Dr. Arthur M. Sackler

Creator:
Yuan Xikun
Physical description:
1 painting
Type:
Paintings
Collection descriptions
Portraits
Date:
1888
Local number:
FSA A1999.37
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.
Data Source:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
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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
Topic:
China--Description and travel
Local number:
FSA A1997.06
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.
Data Source:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
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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
Topic:
Geology
Photographs
Local number:
FSA A1991.06
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
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Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
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Benjamin March Papers 1923-1934

Creator:
March, Benjamin 1899-1934
Subject:
March, Benjamin 1899-1934
Rowe, Dorothy 1898-
Physical description:
11.75 linear feet
Type:
Lecture notes
Collection descriptions
Letters
Photographs
Scrapbooks
Place:
USA, Michigan, Detroit
China
Japan
Michigan
Date:
1923
1923-1934
Topic:
Architecture
Architecture, Japanese
Art, Asian
Art--Terminology
Art, Asian--Research
Art, Chinese
Art, Japanese
Art, Korean
Chinese language--Terms and phrases
Painting, Chinese
Painting, Japanese
Description and travel
Local number:
FSA A1995.10
Notes:
Far Eastern art writer, curator, and lecturer, Benjamin Franklin March Jr., was born in Chicago on July 4, 1899 to Benjamin and Isabel March. He studied, lectured, and wrote in the United States and China and through his works gained respect as one of the foremost authorities on Chinese art during the 1920s and 1930s. Although he lived only thirty-five years, Benjamin March was a respected and influential scholar of Asian art.
Summary:
The Benjamin March Papers span the years 1923 to 1934 and measure 11.75 linear feet. The collection includes: biographical data included in passports, obituaries, and fifty-seven condolence letters; lecture and course outlines; research notes; four diaries; one scrapbook; four illustrations including sketches for the March bookplate; fourteen photograph albums; printed matter; and 100 personal and artistic photographs.
Cite as:
Benjamin March Papers. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Gift of Judith March Davis, 1995
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Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
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John Alexander Pope Papers 1929-1982

Creator:
Pope, John Alexander 1906-
Subject:
Pope, John Alexander 1906-
Freer Gallery of Art
Physical description:
20.6 linear feet (ca. 19,000 items)
Type:
Correspondence
Collection descriptions
Photographs
Printed materials
Research
Place:
USA, District of Columbia, Washington
China
Washington (D.C.)
Date:
1929
1929-1982
Topic:
Art, Chinese
Art, Japanese
Local number:
FSA A1988.01
Notes:
Museum director and art historian. Director of the Freer Gallery of Art from 1962 to 1971.
Summary:
Biographical data, subject files containing correspondence and photographs, research files including materials related to his study of Chinese porcelains, files regarding the Freer Gallery of Art where Pope served as director from 1962-1971, writings and notes, printed materials, photographs, and 2 ceramic bowls.
Cite as:
John Alexander Pope Papers. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C. Gift of Annamarie H. Pope, 1988-1990
Data Source:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
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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
Topic:
Drawing, Indic
Tamil (Indic people)
Ethnology
Social life and customs
Description and travel
Local number:
FSA A1993.10
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
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Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
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Yatsuhashi Harumichi Family Papers 1907-1976

Creator:
Yatsuhashi Harumichi Family
Subject:
Yatsuhashi family
Yamanaka, Sadajiro
Yatsuhashi, Harumichi 1886-1982
Harvard University
Yamanaka & Company
Physical description:
8.25 linear feet
Type:
Address books
Collection descriptions
Photographs
Printed material
Announcements
Books
Catalogs
Correspondence
Diaries
Photograph albums
Sheet music
Visiting cards
Place:
USA, Massachusetts, Boston
New York (State)
New York
Japan
Massachusetts
Boston
Boston (Mass.)
New York (N.Y.)
Date:
1907
1907-1976
1910-1960
Topic:
Alien property
Art dealers
Japanese American families
Local number:
FSA A1994.02
Notes:
Asian art dealer and merchant Yatsuhashi Harumichi (1886- 1982) was born in Tano, Japan, on December 15, 1886. Upon completion of his studies in Osaka, Mr. Yatsuhashi secured employment in the Osaka office of the prestigious Asian antiquities firm, Yamanaka & Company. In 1907 he joined Yamanka & Company's branch office in Boston, Massachusetts, as its general manager and treasurer of the company's Asian division. Located at 424 Boylston Street, the store was a center for Chinese art, as well as for Japanese assorted goods. In 1913 Yatsuhashi married Shigeki. They produced two sons (Michio and Masao) and two daughters (Sumiko and Kukiye). (Harumichi Yatsuhashi, Oriental art authority and Brookline resident. (1982 December 3). The Boston Globe, obituaries.) Following the United States' entrance into World War II, the Alien Property Custodian seized the Yamanaka shops in New York, Boston, and Chicago. The holdings were sold at auction in May and June, 1944. In 1945, Yatsuhashi Harumichi and his son Michio opened their own Asian art dealership at 420 Boylston Street in Boston. Yatsuhashi Harumichi fostered exchange between his native and adopted homeland. He was a member and officer (president in 1931) of the Japan Society of Boston since 1921, an avid supporter of the Boston Marathon, and a founder of the Boston-Kyoto Sister City Foundation. (Boston Globe, 1982 December 4. ) Michio Yatsuhashi, who helped his father open the Yatsuhashi antique shop, died prematurely as a result of cancer in 1981. One year later, Mr. Yatsuhashi died in Boston at the age of 96. He was survived by his daughters, Sumiko and Kikuye and one son, Masao.
Summary:
The Yatsuhashi Harumichi Family Papers (1906-1976) document the professional and personal lives of a Japanese-American family in Boston during the twentieth century. The patriarch, Yatsuhashi Harumichi (1886-1982), was an influential Asian art dealer and the papers also document the professional experiences of Asian art dealers in the United States during the early and mid 20th century. Mr. Yatsuhashi worked at the antiquities firm of Yamanaka & Company before starting his own Asian antiquities shop in 1945. Included in the papers, portions in Japanese, are correspondence; catalogues relating to the Alien Property Custodian's 1944 liquidation of Yamanaka & Company's New York branch's holdings; photographs depicting art objects and shop interiors, the Yatsuhashi family; Yamanaka & Company, and extended family, friends, and colleagues; and items belonging to Mr. Yatsuhashi's wife, Shigeki, and some of their children.
Cite as:
The Yatsuhashi Harumichi Family Papers. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Gift of James Arthur Marinaccio, 1994
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Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
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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
Topic:
Art, Hindu
Indian art
Cave temples
Taj Mahal (Agra, India)
Social life and customs
Local number:
FSA A1989.05
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
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Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
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Robert O. Muller Papers, 1930-1997

Creator:
Muller, Robert O. 1911-2003
Physical description:
7.5 linear feet
Type:
Auction catalogs
Collection descriptions
Exhibition catalogs
Price lists
Photographic prints
Correspondence
Place:
USA, Connecticut, New Haven
Japan
Date:
1930-1997
20th century
19th century
Topic:
Prints, Japanese
Art--Collectors and collecting
Printmakers
shin-hanga
Description and travel
Local number:
FSA A2003.14
Notes:
Born in 1911 in Pelham, New York, art collector, dealer, and connoisseur Robert O. Muller assembled a collection of nearly 4,500 late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Japanese prints throughout his life. As a history student at Harvard University, Mr. Muller's world renowned print collection began to take shape with the purchase of the print 'Kiyosu Bridge" by Kawase Hasui for $5.00 from the Shima Art Company in 1931. Mr. Muller married Ingeborg Lee in 1940 and their honeymoon in Japan played a critical role in Mr. Muller's development as an art dealer and collector. They spent five months there and met with many important artists and dealers and purchased thousands of prints for both their personal art collection and for commerce. Upon their return to the States, Mr. Muller purchased the Shima Art Company's assets and started the Robert Lee Gallery with his partner William Lee Comerford in 1940. With the attack on Pearl Harbor, Muller and Comerford closed the Robert Lee Gallery and later reopened it in a different Manhattan location. The Mullers moved to Newton, Connecticut, in 1946 and reestablished the Robert Lee Gallery there. In 1962, Muller purchased a frame shop, Merwin's Art Shop, in New Haven, Connecticut. Although primarily a framing shop, Muller not only befriended many scholars and academics from nearby Yale University but sold Japanese prints from the back room. From that initial purchase of 'Kiyosu Bridge' in 1931 up until his death in 2003, Robert Muller amassed what many art historians, collectors, and curators regarded as the finest collection of its type in the world. Muller bequeathed his Japanese print collection, archival materials, and library to the Sackler Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Summary:
Personal papers created by Robert O. Muller (1911-2003), a Connecticut-based collector who over the course of seventy years had assembled one of the world's finest collections of Japanese prints from the late 1860s through the 1940s.The papers include Muller's correspondence, subject files, business transactions, and research pertaining to Japanese woodblock prints.
Cite as:
Robert O. Muller Papers. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Bequest of Robert O. Muller, 2003
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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
Topic:
Islamic antiquities
Decoration and ornament, Architectural
Islamic architecture
Mosques
Minarets
Antiquities
Local number:
FSA A2001.15
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
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Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
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A.W. Bahr Papers 1919-1957

Creator:
Bahr, A. W
Subject:
Bahr, A. W
Cammell, Charles Richard
Physical description:
1.25 linear feet
Type:
Photographs
Collection descriptions
Correspondence
Manuscripts
Place:
Canada, Quebec, Montreal
China
Japan
England
Connecticut
Date:
1919
1919-1957
Topic:
Art, Chinese
Art, Japanese
China--Description and travel
Japan--Description and travel
Local number:
FSA A2001.14
Notes:
A.W. Bahr was born in Shanghai in 1877 to a German father and a Chinese mother. He founded the Central Trading Company with a friend in 1898. Throughout the next few years, he remained in China, organizing various art exhibitions with pieces from his own collection. Bahr moved to London, England in 1910, where he continued to exhibit art, finally moving to Canada with his family in 1946. Before his death in 1959, Bahr donated pieces of his collection to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Royal Ontario Museum of Archaeology, and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.
Summary:
This collection contains manuscript drafts and notes for Bahr's memoir, written by Bahr himself and C.R. Cammell, who was also the editor of 'The Connoisseur' magazine. Other papers include correspondence with collectors of Chinese art or other figures in the art world, such as Lord Kitchener, the King and Queen of Sweden, Walter Muir Whitehill, Kenjiro Matsumoto and Senator Theodore Francis Green, among others. The bulk of the collection contains approximately 300 photographs of different Chinese art objects, from jade figurines to pottery to paintings. Most of these photographs are unidentified, but some of them include marginalia that indicate that they were of Bahr's own art objects for publication in books or articles. Photographs which are identified point to art objects also belonging to Bahr. The photographs have been organized based on the object type in the photograph, such as painting, statue or figurine.
Cite as:
A.W. Bahr Papers. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Gift of Penelope Jane Bahr, November 12th, 2001
Data Source:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
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