Lady with Mirrors, Lady with Fan
Two hand-colored albumen prints of Japanese subjects in cabinet-card size, loosely inserted at the corners into a thin paper album page, circa 1890.
Prints are in good condition with light fading, may have spots of period retouching, light wrinkling or folds.
These photographs come from a group of travel albums descending from the family of Charles Goddard Weld (1857-1911) and believed to be Weld's personal albums, as several bear his bookplate. Weld, a Boston-area physician, traveled to the East at the end of the 19th century and had important connections to Asian art as well as to the photographer Edward Curtis. He donated a collection of over 100 original Curtis images to the Peabody Essex Museum of Salem, Massachusetts and an important collection of Asian art to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. These photographs were likely gathered by Weld during his travels in the East.
Below: Book plate from one of Weld's travel albums: