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19th Century Japanese albumen print, Kusakabe Kimbei, 日下部 金兵衛


19th Century Japanese albumen print, Kusakabe Kimbei.

An original hand coloured albumen print from the studio of Kusakabe Kimbei (日下部 金兵衛), 1841-1934. Print is mounted onto card of approximately 34cm x 26cm (an original Japanese photo album page), and the print itself is 26cm x 20.4cm.

The print is entitled "80. Visiting Ceremonials' and depicts a studio representation of a Samurai and two Geishas. Detail is very good and colour has been nicely retained.

This print is identifiable from a catalogue list of Kimbei's studio works published in 1893, and is catalogued in Terry Bennett's Old Japanese Photographs: Collectors' Data Guide, Quaritch, 2006.