In 1863 Beato joined a Swiss diplomatic mission and managed to take several views of the shogunate capital, Edo (present-day Tokyo). When he set up his camera to make this picture, officers hastily approached him and urged him to stop. Beato asked them to confirm this command with their superior and meanwhile made two exposures. The threatening officers did indeed appear in the final print Beato made.


  • Title: Arima Sama Palace, Edo
  • Creator: Felice Beato
  • Date: 1863
  • Location Created: Yedo, Japan
  • Physical Dimensions: 21.6 x 28 cm (8 1/2 x 11 in.)
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Albumen silver print
  • Source Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Partial gift from the Wilson Centre for Photography
  • Object Type: Print
  • Object Status: Permanent Collection
  • Number: 2007.26.48
  • Inscription: Verso: lower left edge, sideways, in pencil, Wilson inventory number, "A/C 84:1439"
  • Display Location: Not currently on view
  • Department: Photographs
  • Culture: British
  • Credit Line: Partial gift from the Wilson Centre for Photography
  • Classification: Photographs


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