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Berlin : Meltzer

Kawasaki Dōmin 1862

Albumen print | 9.0 x 5.5 cm (image) | RCIN 2915302

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The first Japanese visitors to Britain included an embassy sent to re-negotiate commercial agreements in 1862. They arrived just as the fashion for collecting cartes-de-visite of public figures reached its height. For the first time, photographs of samurai became widely available to the British public, propelling this inaccessible warrior class to prominence.