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Photographic print, hand-colouring
26.3 x 21.4 cm (image)
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
Henry and Nancy Rosin Collection of Early Photography of Japan, Local number: R129 (Rosin Number), FSA A1999.35 129
Title devised by Henry and Nancy Rosin.
Felice Beato was born in Venice around 1825. During his lifetime, he accompanied the British troops in India, recording images of the Indian Mutiny in 1857, and the Franco-British troops in China to cover the end of the Second Opium War in 1859. With his friend Charles Wirgman, Beato opened a photography studio in Yokohama, Japan in the early 1860s, and produced many images of the Japanese and their lifestyle, as interpreted by the Westerners. Selling his studio to Baron von Stillfried in 1877, Beato eventually died in Burma around 1908.