Hand coloured photographs of 19th-century Japan

A selection from a series of 42 hand coloured albumine prints - a process which used the albumen found in egg whites to bind the photographic chemicals to the paper - taken around 1880. The presence of the pictures in the Dutch National Archives reflects a long relationship between Japan and the Netherlands, the result of an exclusive commercial relationship that would last for more than two centuries (1641-1855).

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