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F.H.H. Guillemard: Photographs

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.7957

Scope and Contents

The collection is comprised of twelve large numbered green box-files of monochrome photographs (the majority mounted on boards) of Japan and the Pacific islands. Around eighty percent of the photographs were taken during the voyage of the 'Marchesa'; the remainder probably date from the late 1870s, including photographs purchased by Guillemard, which include many of the smaller images in the collection. The name of Dr Guillemard and the place are recorded on the outside of the boxes. Pasted to the inside cover of each box is a typescript index numbering the photographs and recording (or summarising) the titles written on the back of the boards. Some boxes include additional items that are not listed in the index, including sketches by H.C. Seppings Wright. The photographs of Japan were taken by Usui Shuzaburo, a professional photographer probably born between 1834 and 1841, who was active as a photographer up to around 1893. He was employed by Guillemard during the latter's time in Japan. The photographs in the collection may include some images taken by Usui before the arrival of the 'Marchesa'. In this catalogue the photographs are mounted unless otherwise indicated.


  • Creation: c. 1875-1886


Conditions Governing Access

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Biographical / Historical

Guillemard was part of the crew of the schooner yacht 'Marchesa', which left England in January 1882 on a voyage to eastern Asia. The crew travelled through Ceylon [Sri Lanka], Singapore and Formosa [Taiwan], before visiting Ryukyu (Okinawa) during June 1882. They proceeded to Japan (July-August 1882); Kamschatka, including Bering Island (August-September 1882); Japan, for a second visit (October 1882-January 1883); and China and Hong Kong (February-March 1883). From the Philippines, they spent the rest of the year travelling between the different Pacific islands, visiting the Sulu Islands, including Cagayan Sulu and Sulu Island (Jolo Island); British North Borneo (Sabau), including Sandakan, Kudat, Labuan, Brunei and Sarawak; Malacca; Batavia; Sumbawa; Celebes, including Macassar (Makassar) and Gorontalo; The Moluccas (Maluku Islands), including Ternate, Batchian, Amboina (Ambon), Banda and the Aru Islands; and New Guinea. The crew voyaged home during the early months of 1884, passing through Singapore, Penang and Colombo, before reaching Southampton on 14 April 1884. Guillemard recorded his experiences in 'The Cruise of the Marchesa to Kamschatka and New Guinea, with Notices of Formosa, Liu-Kiu, and Various Islands of the Malay Archipelago', but chose to omit his time in Japan from the account, preferring to focus on less-known lands and islands.


1 collection (12 box files of photographs)

Language of Materials



The titles of the photographs in this catalogue are taken from the box indexes, with some additional information drawn from the notes on the back of the boards. Some items were also identified from engravings in the 'The Cruise of the Marchesa'. Some original captions may include language which is offensive, inaccurate or inappropriate. The original captions have been retained to reflect the context of their creation. In the instances where the photograph does not have a title, one has been supplied by the cataloguer in square brackets. Most of the photographs are undated, and the dates in the catalogue have been estimated by using the journals in MSS Add.7783 and Guillemard's 'The Cruise of the Marchesa'.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred from the Department of Geography, University of Cambridge, circa 1960s/1970s.

Related Materials

MS Add.7783 is comprised of journals and notes made by Guillemard during the voyage of the 'Marchesa' and notes for his biography of Ferdinand Magellan. Caius College, Cambridge, holds memoirs, family letters and papers belonging to Guillemard (PPC/GUI), including letters from his travelling in Japan.


Many of the photographs feature as engravings in 'The Cruise of the Marchesa', some of which are noted in this catalogue. Others appear in F.H.H. Guillemard, 'Malaysia and the Pacific Archipelagoes', 2nd edition (London 1908), volume II of the series 'Stanford's Compendium of Geography and Travel (New Issue)'. Some of the photographs from Japan are reprinted in Noboru Koyama, 'Kenburijji Daigaku hizo¯ Meiji koshashin: Ma¯ke¯za Go¯ no Nihon ryoko¯' ('Early Photographs of the Meiji Era at the University of Cambridge: the Journey of the Marchesa in Japan') (Tokyo, 2005) (in Japanese).
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