Avenue in the Tycoon Cemetery (Sheba) Yedo

1862 Date:
Attributed to John Thomas Gulick (1832-1923) Photographer
Albumen photographic print on card Medium
3 1/4 H x 3 3/4 W (photograph); 4 7/16 H x 5 7/16 W (card) Dimensions
Inscribed in ink on card front: Avenue in the the Tycoon Cemetery (Sheba) Yedo
Albany Institute of History & Art Library Credit
CH 532 Catalogue number
DI 463 Digital ID

On October 14th 1862, the U.S. minister to Japan, Robert Hewson Pruyn visited Edo Castle and the Tycoons Cemetery with a group of friends and photographers. The emperor and the shogun only let foreigners into Edo Castle on rare occasions and this diplomatic access was unprecedented. This photograph is a one of a series of eight images made on that day that can be found in the collections of the Albany Institute. In the forefront, a white dog rests in the middle of the road. At the end of the road someone's head is under a dark cloth as the person focuses a large camera mounted on a tripod; evidence that at least two cameras were taken into Edo Castle on that day.

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