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The Last Samurai: Jacques-Philippe Potteau’s Photographs of the Japanese Missions to Europe, 1862 and 1864

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The Last Samurai: Jacques-Philippe Potteau’s Photographs of the Japanese Missions to Europe, 1862 and 1864

Time: July 14, 2011 to September 18, 2011
Location: PITT RIVERS MUSEUM
Street: SOUTH PARKS ROAD
City/Town: OXFORD, OX1 3PP
Website or Map: http://www.prm.ox.ac.uk/
Phone: 01865 270927
Event Type: exhibition
Organized By: PITT RIVERS MUSEUM
Latest Activity: Jul 14, 2011

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This display presents fourteen mounted albumen prints and two related engravings from the Japanese missions to Europe in 1862 and 1864. The delegations, which were sent by the Tokugawa Shogunate to renegotiate the terms of earlier trade agreements, visited several European cities during overseas voyages lasting up to twelve months abroad. Taken in Paris by Jacques-Philippe Potteau, these portrait photographs show various members of the two missions, who were also among the last generation of samurai before their abolition following the Meiji Restoration only a few years later.

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