HAWAII Album containing 47 photographs of Hawaiian royalty and scenes, [1874-1877]
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HAWAII
Album containing 47 photographs of Hawaiian royalty and scenes, [1874-1877]
Sold for £ 10,625 (US$ 14,816) inc. premium

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HAWAII Album containing 47 photographs of Hawaiian royalty and scenes, [1874-1877] HAWAII Album containing 47 photographs of Hawaiian royalty and scenes, [1874-1877] HAWAII Album containing 47 photographs of Hawaiian royalty and scenes, [1874-1877] HAWAII Album containing 47 photographs of Hawaiian royalty and scenes, [1874-1877] HAWAII Album containing 47 photographs of Hawaiian royalty and scenes, [1874-1877]
HAWAII
Album containing 47 photographs of Hawaiian royalty and scenes, 5 of which SIGNED BY HAWAIIAN ROYALTY, albumen prints (165 x 240mm.), mounted, letterpress captions pasted below, the first 10 leaves waterstained at margin and several cracked or with losses at edges, none affecting image, the leaves remounted in modern quarter morocco, oblong folio, [1874-1877]

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  • AN EARLY ALBUM OF HAWAII, SIGNED BY SEVERAL ROYALS. The photographs were assembled between 1874 and 1877, the terminus dates being provided by an image of Lunalilo's mausoleum and Leleiohoku's signature. The album may have been presented by the Hawaiian authorities to US Treasury Secretary John Sherman, in the hope of gaining his support for the 1875 Reciprocity Treaty which allowed tariff-free imports of Hawaiian sugar into the USA.

    Images include: portraits of King Kalakaua, Queen Kapiolani, Prince Leleiohoku II, and sisters to the king Liliuokalani and Likelike, all signed below by the sitters; 3 further royals, not signed; municipal buildings (4); Hawaiian Hotel; Residence of Mr Afong, Chinese Merchant; grass house; views of Nuuanu Avenue (4), one with signboard of the photographer H.L. Chase; views in central Honolulu (2), one of Fort Street showing Chase's studio; canoes (2); views around Nuuanu Pali, Ko'olau mountain (3); studio portraits of Hawaiians (7); school and mission buildings; coastal views at Hilo (2), one with US flag flying. Three of the royal portraits are by Menzies Dickson, who opened a studio in Hawaii in around 1870 and sold it in 1882; another portrait is by Chase. Chase's studio, with all his negatives, went up in flames on 18 March 1877 (Abramson, Photographers of Old Hawaii, 1981).

    Provenance: John Sherman (1823-1900) of Mansfield, Ohio, politician, and the brother of General William Tecumseh Sherman. In addition to his involvement in the Reciprocity Treaty negotiations, he was Secretary of State when Hawaii was annexed in 1898. Sold in Mansfield, Ohio, by S.G. Roush, auctioneer, 1 June 1963, where ownership was attributed to Sherman.
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