Japanese flower seller.

[Yokohama?, c. 1887.]

Hand-tinted albumen print (18.7 x 24.5 cm), captioned in the negative ‘161 Flower peddler’, pasted on contemporary card mount (24.3 x 32 cm); a few small chips to edges of mount, mount slightly browned; ‘1887’ pencilled at foot of mount; overall very good.


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A striking image of a Japanese flower vendor, with delicate contemporary hand colouring, most notably to the flowers. After time spent in America, where he fought in the Civil War, Adolfo Farsari (1841 - 1898) moved to Japan in 1873, establishing himself in Yokohama. In 1885 he opened his own photographic studio, subsequently touring Japan to create a portfolio of over 1000 images. The quality of his work and innovative approach to hand colouring brought him commercial success. His firm was the last important Western photography studio in Japan.

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