YOKOHAMA An early album of 118 images, of which the most important The Dare by Felice Beato, including a panorama
Lot 223
JAPAN An early album of one hundred and eighteen images, of which the most important The Dare by Felice Beato, including a panorama
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JAPAN
An early album of one hundred and eighteen images, the principal images of Yokohama and the Tokaido by Felice Beato, including a panorama, albumen prints, the Beato views mostly 235 x 285mm. or similar, one single image corner-tucked to each page, the 8 carte-visites similarly per page, maroon morocco, portion of spine missing, 4to, c.1866-1870

Footnotes

  • A very interesting album, the Beatos with pencilled notes for the recipient of the prints. These include a reference to Mrs. Fraser and her children that would suggest that the recipient either knew her, or who she was. She may well have been the wife of Jack Fraser of Fraser & Co., tea exporters. Internal evidence suggests the compiler was a partner in, or employee of, a firm with the initials W. & R. The earliest reference in the pencilled notes shows that the writer was in Yokohama in 1866.

    The contents include:

    a. Three-print Panorama of Yokohama from the Bluff by Felice Beato, pencilled notes on the protecting tissue identify the British Gun Boat HMS Conqueror, "Old Legation just pulled down", "Sir Henry Parkes Residence burnt Jan, 25 1869" and other buildings. This panorama is thought to date from 1863 or 1864 when HMS Conqueror and her commander Capt. William Luard was on station, and had bombarded Simonoseki. Beato made this and an almost identical panorama, probably on succeeding days. Ours is taken from a slightly lower (and improved) position, showing a small bridge on the foreground and with flags at what are otherwise bare poles.

    b. Five images with Beato's numbered and captioned slips pasted onto the album leaf: No. 29 Temple of Kamakura; No. 69 Japanese house-boat and crew, pencilled note states that" we have one similar to this which we generally use in going to the steamers"; No. 33 The bridge at Meyanaski, pencilled note refers to Mrs. Fraser; No. 30 Views from the Half-way teahouse to Kamakura; No. 77 View on the Tocaido Road, pencilled notes explains that "If a Daimio is coming along all foreigners are turned off".

    c. Eleven other views, several well-known as Beato: The Daibutsu of Kamakura, Beato; View of Mississippi Bay from the New Road, Beato, the pencilled note explains that the New Road or Rotten Row is the place to meet Society and was built to discourage foreigners from using the Tokaido; Kanagawa Valley; View of the Tokaido, Beato; English Hatoba, a view with line of stakes in the foreground, key on tissue identifies The Club, Dutch Consul, P.M.S. & Co. Godowns, and W&R (most likely the writer's company or employer), with the small boat alongside identified as "Our gig", 167 x 399mm; Race Course and Grand Stand, Beato; Gentlemen Amateurs in "Black Eyed Susan"; Decorated Interior of Christ Church Yokohama, Christmas 1868; The Bluff; View from the Bluff House down the valley; Yokohama Bay from the top of the Bluff House, this and the two previous suggestive that this may have been the home of the writer, each approximately 142 x 176mm; a Japanese lady in a rickshaw.

    d. The carte-de-visite images are mostly portraits (some tinted), with a few topographical scenes, and include: 11 clearly attributable to Felice Beato, with pasted slips often bearing numbers as well as captions, and several others are likely attributable; a group of 25 images all within a similar border; The Tycoon of Japan in full court dress by F.W. Sutton, portraits of the wife and children of Rev. M.B. Bailey, Chaplain at Yokohama from 1863; "Our dogs", May 1870 with a man identified as Bennett; view of a bungalow with pony, Japanese groom and five other individuals, inscribed on the verso and seemingly identifying the pony as "Malcolm" and "...Mr. Stanley & servant coming down the steps...Shingdon leaning against door post...Mr. Mittchel...in the bedroom window".

    In addition, and loosely inserted at end, are: a photograph of Elgin station, decked-out and crowded in expectation of the imminent arrival of Queen Victoria by train; 10 small photographs of San Francisco, and a print titled 'A Japanese Lady in the wet', possibly by Beato's collaborator Charles Wirgman.
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