Stillfried and Anderson. Album of photographs of Japan. circa 1880

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Views and costumes of Japan. Yokohama: Stillfried and Andersen, [c.1880]

Oblong folio (305 x 365mm.), 49 albumen prints (average 220 x 275mm., or the reverse), comprising: title, 24 views, 23 fine hand-tinted costume studies, and a hand-tinted photograph of a boat, all mounted on card, recto and verso, some with pencil captions on the mounts in French, probably by Souhart (see provenance) including one with a pencil arrow and note "ma maison", contemporary dark red roan, patterned green cloth boards, occasional minor wear, dust-staining and spotting, binding slightly worn

A GOOD ALBUM OF VIEWS AND HAND-COLOURED COSTUME PORTRAITS, compiled by Fernand Arthur Souhart (1854-1937), French minister of Foreign Affairs, and president of the French-Japanese Society (see provenance). Stillfried & Andersen's studio, also known as the Japan Photographic Association, was founded by Baron Raimund von Stillfried and Hermann Andersen and operated in Yokohama between 1876 and 1885; it also produced prints from Felice Beato's negatives. The title photograph includes images of medals awarded at the 1876 Centennial Exhibition at Philadelphia and the 1877 Vienna Exposition.


Fernand Arthur Souhart (1854-1937), French minister of Foreign Affairs, whose postings included Yokohama (Japan), Tehran (Persia) and Beijing (China); Souhart was also president of the French-Japanese Society. A pencil inscription notes that this album was given to Souhart's daughter Odette in May 1889