Two seated women dressed in kimonos play Japanese instruments. The woman on the right plucks the koto while the left strums the shamisen. A painted Japanese screen adorns the background.
Biographical / Historical:
Born to a family of textile merchants in Kofu, Yamanashi Prefecture, Kusakabe Kimbei moved to Yokohama in 1859. Although unclear, Kusakabe apprenticed under either Felice Beato and/or Raimond von Stillfried (Bennet, T. (1996) Early Japanese Images. Charles E. Tuttle Company: Rutland Vermont and Tokyo, Japan.) Kusakabe managed a studio in Yokohama, first at Bentendori until 1881, then later at Honcho. His photo studio was well received by many, including foreigners.
R214 (Rosin Number)
FSA A1999.35 214
Title taken from print.
Photographer's original title and number are printed in lower right corner.
Benjamin O. Davis, Jr. Collection, Acc. 1992.0023, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Sanjō Sanetomi to Iwakura Tomomi Meiji Tennō o sasaeta futari : ichidai emaki ga monogataru Bakumatsu Ishin = Sanjo Sanetomi and Iwakura Tomomi : the two people who supported Emperor Meiji : an account of the late Edo period to the Meiji Restoration in biographical picture scrolls
三条実美と岩倉具視 : 明治天皇を支えた二人 : 一代絵卷が語る幕末維新 = Sanjo Sanetomi and Iwakura Tomomi : the two people who supported Emperor Meiji : an account of the late Edo period to the Meiji Restoration in biographical picture scrolls
Sanjo Sanetomi and Iwakura Tomomi : the two people who supported Emperor Meiji
Tanaka, Yūbi 1839-1933 Iwakura Kō gaden sōkō emaki Search this
Tanaka, Yūbi 1839-1933 Sanjō Sanetomi Kō jiseki emaki Search this
Note: Frederick William Gookin, then curator of the Buckingham collection of Japanese prints at the Art Institute of Chicago, created these unpublished, annotated typescripts [portions handwritten with illustrations] during 1915 to 1916 in preparation for a descriptive catalogue of Freer's Japanese paintings.
Collection is open for research.
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Charles Lang Freer Papers. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Gift of the estate of Charles Lang Freer.