Still Prints of Asia: View of Lake Ashi and Mountains at Hakone, Japan
Portions of this collection are digitized

Collection ID:
Beato, Felice, b. ca. 1825
circa 1860s
Physical Description:
1 Print
image 21.5 x 28 cm., mounted 41 x 51 cm.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
One albumen print, circa 1860s. Panoramic view by Felix Beato of Lake Ashi (Ashinoko) and surrounding mountains at Hakone, Japan.

One oversized folder.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Although he was born in Greece, Felice Beato worked as a press photographer in England and achieved recognition for his coverage of British political conflicts, photographing the Crimean War of 1855 and, together with his brother-in-law, James Robertson, the 1858 Indian Mutiny in Delhi and Lucknow. The images Beato took during this time are thought to be the first to depict actual human corpses on the battlefield. After moving to Yokohama in 1863, Beato opened the area's first photography studio and documented the people and culture of Japan for the next twenty years, taking photographs and selling them to tourists. During his travels, Beato was able to gain access to Japanese ports that were open only to diplomats by acting as an official photographer for the British navy.
Biographical / Historical
Lake Ashi, or Ashinoko, is a crater lake that lies along the southwest wall of the caldera of Mount Hakone, an active volcano in the Hakone area of Kanagawa Prefecture in Honshū, Japan. The lake is popular with tourists because of its hot springs and views of Mt. Fuji.

Custodial History
Purchase, 1998.

Local Numbers
Local Numbers
FSA A1999.07


Digital Content

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Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Lakes -- Japan Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Mountains -- Japan Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Hakone-machi (Japan) Geographic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Panoramas Genre Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographs Genre Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Albumen prints Genre Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
Washington, D.C. 20013