Fagus sylvatica Sieboldii, Japan, 1905

May 25, 2017

Fagus sylvatica Sieboldii Japan 1905

Fagus sylvatica Sieboldii, Japan, 1905

Fagus sylvatica Sieboldii Japan 1905

Fagus sylvatica. Japan, Lake Chuzenji, Trunk over 3 ft. in diam. Acer pictum small tree at left. Mr. Duer standing. Ground cover is dwarf bamboo, (Kumasasa). Photo by J. G. Jack, August 13, 1905. [Information from label on verso of photo mount.] 14 x 8.5 cm. Gelatin silver process.

Fagus sylvatica Sieboldii Japan

[Title from recto of mount.] Alternate Title: Tree trunks and vegetation with a man in western dress
Photograph by John George Jack (1861-1949, American, Canadian)
Lake Chuzenji, Tochigi, Japan
August 13, 1905

A larger version of this image is available in Harvard University’s Hollis+ catalog.

In April 1886, John George Jack visited the director of the Arboretum, Charles Sprague Sargent (1841-1927) at his Brookline, Massachusetts estate, Holm Lea. Promised only manual labor at small compensation, he began working at the Arnold Arboretum, but within a short time his botanical knowledge became apparent, earning Sargent’s confidence and an increase in his pay to a dollar a day.

Jack continued his education at Harvard and became Assistant Professor of Dendrology at the Arnold Arboretum. Already experienced in plant exploration when he embarked on a year-long trip to the Far East in 1905, Jack became the first staff member after Sargent to visit Asia.

You can read more about Jack’s life, expeditions, and value as an educator in Lisa Pearson‘s profile, “John George Jack: Dendrologist, Educator, Plant Explorer” in Arnoldia 71(4), 2014 [pdf].

The Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum also holds the John George Jack (1861-1949) papers, 1887-1990 [pdf].

Copyright © 2003, President and Fellows of Harvard College, Arnold Arboretum Archives; all rights reserved.

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