Japanese Beauty, ca. 1870s


Japanese Beauty by Baron Raimund von Stillfried (Yokohama, Japan), ca. 1870

Stillfried was an Austrian photographer. He was son of August Wilhelm Freiherr Stillfried von Rathenitz (d. 1806) and Maria Anna Johanna Theresia Walburge Gräfin Clam-Martinitz (1802–1874).

After leaving his military career Stillfried moved to Yokohama, Japan and opened a photographic studio called Stillfried & Co. which operated until 1875. In 1875 Stillfried formed a partnership with Hermann Andersen and the studio was renamed, Stillfried & Andersen (also known as the Japan Photographic Association). This studio operated until 1885. In 1877 Stillfried & Andersen bought the studio and stock of Felice Beato. In the late 1870s Stillfried visited and photographed in Dalmatia, Bosnia, and Greece. In addition to his own photographic endeavours, Stillfried trained many Japanese photographers. In 1886 Stillfried sold the majority of his stock to his protégé, the Japanese photographer Kusakabe Kimbei, he then left Japan.

I found the same photo on WikiCommons, with different information, from the Waseda University Library:


Officer’s daughter, 1880s

Hand-coloured albumen silver print, variously attributed to Adolfo Farsari, Kusakabe Kimbei and Baron Raimund von Stillfried. I also found these two photos, which might be of the same woman:



 source: 19th Century photographic Images, WikiCommons, Waseda University Library

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