Hakoni Lake, from the Photograph Album (Yokohama, Japan)

Felice Beato, English (born Italy), about 1825 - about 1908

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late 1860s

Album with decorative covers, 50 black and white albumen prints

Overall: 14 5/16 × 19 5/8 × 1 9/16 in. (36.3 × 49.8 × 4 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Purchased through the Julia L. Whittier Fund and a gift from William Sleznick, by exchange

PH.2004.51.9

Geography

Place Made: Italy, Europe

Period

19th century

Object Name

Photograph

Research Area

Photograph

Not on view

Course History

ARTH 91/92, Honors I/II, Allen Hockley, Winter 2019

Exhibition History

Seeking Solitude: A Selection of Landscape Photographs from the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, a Student Curated Exhibition for Professor Katie Hornstein’s History of Photography, ARTH17, Spring 2013, Ivan Albright Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, June 26-September 8, 2013 .

Publication History

Allen Hockley, Felice Beato's Japan: Places; An Album by the Pioneer Foreign Photographer in Yokohama, Visualizing Cultures, Massachusetts Institute of Technology [MIT iCampus Outreach], http://ocw.mit.edu/ans7870/21f/21f.027/beato_places/index.html, 2008.

Provenance

HAKONI LAKE. The first glimpse of this beautiful Mountain Loch, is not only extremely pretty, but is delightfully welcome to the weary traveller after ascending Hakoni Pass. He naturally wonders too, how this piece of placid looking water, about a mile and a half long by a mile wide, and said to be almost unfathomably deep, ever came to be where it is, some six or seven thousand feet above the level of the sea. Hakoni Lake is surrounded by hills, bare, bleak and comfortless looking, ranging from two hundred to three hundred feet above the level of its surface, and frequently enveloped in a true Mountain Mist; it is surmised to be the crater of an extinct volcano, and abounds with fish of several kinds, and excellent quality. The road up the Hakoni Pass from Odawara is in most places very steep, and paved with large round boulders, or slabs of stone, so smooth as to afford but an uncertain footing for horses, and necessitating the use of the straw shoes of the country. The scenery on the way is magnificent, and the boldness of the ascent tempts the traveller, not unwillingly perhaps, to halt often, and admire the peeps of the Pacific Ocean as it washes the shores by Inosima, which are frequently caught between the natural frames of enclosing foliage, formed by overhanging branches. Forest trees of singular beauty, Fir, Oak, Cedar, Cryptomeria, &c., grow in all the ravines, and numerous busy little brawling streams of bright water rush under the simple bridges, or smoothly over the road, into cool deep pools where they seem to rest awhile, before pursuing their onward course towards the sea; and all combine to make the journey a most enjoyable one. The difference in temparature, and the rarification of the air, are distinctly perceptible on nearing the summit.

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