Empress Consort Haruko



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English: Portrait of Empress Consort Haruko (posthumously known as Empress Shoken, consort of Meiji, Emperor of Japan). Albumen silver print by Uchida Kuichi, 1872.

Uchida Kuichi was the only photographer granted a sitting by the Emperor Meiji and in 1872 Uchida photographed the Emperor and Empress Haruko in full court dress and everyday robes (Kinoshita; Ishii and Iizawa).
Source The Cleveland Museum of Art
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  • Worswick, Clark. 'Japan: Photographs 1854-1905' (New York: Pennwick/Alfred A. Knopf, 1979), p. 40, repr.; pp. 136, 147.


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