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Does anyone have information about British photographer Vernon Heath (1819–1895), and specifically about the photographs he made of members of the diplomatic mission from Japan who visited London in 1862? I have information (but no confirmation) that the date these photographs were made was June 11, 1862, and that Christie's sold a lot of Heath's Japan photographs in 1998. I do not know where those photographs ended up, or whether Heath made mention of photographing the Japanese in his 1892 biography, "Recollections" or elsewhere. I have seen three examples of these photographs, two of which I know are in a museum in the U.S., but would like to find other examples and learn the total number taken. As we are trying to include this information in a book going to press soon, and it is difficult to access English-language archives from here in Japan, any assistance would be much appreciated.
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