About This Image

From 1853 until the 1860s, Rufus Anson was listed at 589 Broadway. The image is stamped on the velvet liner "Anson, 589 Broadway". The boy wears a military style jacket, and is distinctly Japanese. He is probably one of the students that came with Thomas Lake Harris to New York from the U.K. in August, 18671. Those students included Hatakeyama Yoshinari, Arinori Mori, Naonobu Sameshima, Kiyonari Yoshida, Junzo Matsumura and Kanaye Nagasawa. Nagasawa is the most likely of these students, since he was the youngest. It does seem a tad late for this dag, although Anson was known to use the daguerreian process quite late too. This style case and mat are very late too. This is the last address for the Anson studio, and Anson was still in business in 1867, according to the National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC.2

1. The Japanese biography dates for Nagasawa: http://prwinery.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/kanayenagasawabrochure.pdf .

2. National Portrait Gallery reference on Rufus Anson: http://npg.si.edu/object/npg_NPG.80.19 .

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Japanese Boy, Possibly a Cabin Boy or a Student
Rufus P. Anson Japanese Boy, Possibly a Cabin Boy or a Student

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Main Image

Ref.# 15467

Medium Daguerreotype (1/6 plate)

Mount in full leatherette case

Photo Date 1867c  Print Date 1867c

Dimensions 0 x 0 in. (0 x 0 mm)

Photo Country United States (USA)

Photographer Country United States (USA)


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