Illustrations by E. (Ethel) Mars and M. H. (Maud Hunt) Squire, “A Child’s Garden of Verses” by Robert Louis Stevenson. Copyrighted 1900 by Robert Howard Russell and in 1902 by Rand, McNally & Co. Edition of 1932 via katinthecupboard
THIS IMAGE is one of several examples of a largely ignored facet of Old Japanese Photography — a genre called “TAISHO ART” or “TAISHO PICTORIAL PHOTOGRAPHY”. The pictorialism movement in Japan reached its peak during the reign of EMPEROR TAISHO (1912-26), thus the name attached to the genre. See the extended comments at the set link for PICTORIALISM IN OLD JAPAN just to the right of this picture.