Our Chief Artist

Felice Beato1868

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum

This portrait depicts the chief artist in charge of hand coloring the photographs in Beato's studio. Its original caption touts the "singular excellence of the Japanese in the art of coloring small pictures, a work that well accords with a character for patience in details. "

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  • Title: Our Chief Artist
  • Creator: Felice Beato
  • Date: 1868
  • Location Created: Japan
  • Physical Dimensions: 22 x 17 cm (8 11/16 x 6 11/16 in.)
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Hand-colored 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: 2007.26.182
  • Markings: Verso (mount): separate label affixed to center, upside down, imprinted in black ink. See object file for complete text.
  • Inscription: Recto (mount): upper center above image, in pencil, "54"; upper right edge, sideways to the right, in pencil, "19B 09"; lower right edge, in pencil, "91.4422" Verso (mount): lower center, upside down, in pencil, "55"
  • Display Location: Not currently on view
  • Department: Photographs
  • Culture: British
  • Credit Line: Partial gift from the Wilson Centre for Photography
  • Classification: Photographs