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Portrait of the Satsuma Clan Envoys

Felice Beato11/1/1863

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles, United States

In late 1863 a delegation of four samurai from the Satsuma clan came to Yokohama to negotiate an indemnity with the British diplomats for the murder of an English merchant in September 1862, as well as to normalize relations between their clan and Britain. In this portrait, Beato captured the samurai's mood of defiance and the tension of the time.

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  • Title: Portrait of the Satsuma Clan Envoys
  • Creator: Felice Beato
  • Date: 11/1/1863
  • Location Created: Japan
  • Physical Dimensions: 17.1 x 16.2 cm (6 3/4 x 6 3/8 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: 2007.26.146
  • Markings: Recto (mount): lower center, in black ink, "officers envoyés par Satsouma / pour payer l'indemnité Richardson" [underlined in pencil]
  • Inscription: Recto (mount): lower right, in pencil, Wilson inventory number, "02:7077"
  • 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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