CDV of Young Samurai Superb photo by Uchida Kuichi
[Japan] Carte de visite of a young, unidentified samurai sitting on carpet with his long sword behind him (presumably on a stand). 'Uchida. Yokohama and Tokeio.' is stamped on the reverse side in English along with 'Tokyo, Asakusa. Yokohama Bashamichi. Uchida' in Japanese. Uchida Kuichi (1844-75) was one of Japan's photographic pioneers who started out in Nagasaki, before moving to Osaka, then Yokohama, and finally Tokyo where he died of TB at around just 31 years old. Because of his skill as a photographer, he was commissioned to take the first ever studio images of Emperor Meiji in 1872. Quality images by Uchida with his studio mount are getting harder to find.
[Tokyo or Yokohama]. Uchida Kuichi. c1870.
9.3 x 5.8cm.
In very good condition. Minor age wear and darkening only. p33111068