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A Garden Bequest – Plants from Japan

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A Garden Bequest – Plants from Japan

This illustrated book accompanies the the exhibition 'A Garden Bequest - Plants from Japan' which celebrates the wealth of plant material introduced to The West from Japan over the last three centuries. The exhibition puts the modern British garden into context through a wonderful array of traditional works of art dating from the 17th century, including porcelain, lacquer, paintings, prints, illustrated books and decorative papers. This handbook contains essays by specialists in the field and a catalogue of the objects of display.

Japan in Late Victorian London. The Japanese Village in Knightsbridge and the Mikado, 1885

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Japan in Late Victorian London. The Japanese Village in Knightsbridge and the Mikado, 1885

Sir Hugh Cortazzi, former Ambassador to Japan, explores two fascinating episodes in Anglo-Japanese cultural relations in late Victorian London. The Japanese Native Village in 1885 was a commercial venture that demonstrated Japanese life and crafts to Londoners through the creation of a ‘make believe’ village in Knightsbridge. In the same year, Gilbert and Sullivan’s operetta The Mikado was the first attempt to use Japan as a theme for a British theatrical production.

A Miscellany of Japanese Sketch Books and Printed Albums (1840-1908)

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A Miscellany of Japanese Sketch Books and Printed Albums (1840-1908)

Sir Hugh Cortazzi, former Ambassador to Japan, introduces fifteen books illustrated by Japanese artists over nearly seventy years. These sketchbooks and albums show the way in which Japanese artists maintained their traditional skills in drawing and colouring during an era in which Japanese society underwent revolutionary changes. They cover a wide range from the depiction of birds and flowers to Japanese customs. The images presented provide an unusual picture of Japanese life and art of the time.

Images of Japan 1885-1912: Scenes, Tales and Flowers

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Images of Japan 1885-1912: Scenes, Tales and Flowers

In this volume, Sir Hugh Cortazzi provides a compelling introduction to the multiple forms of visual material published in Japan for mostly European and American consumption. His carefully researched books is a much-needed addition to this rich and yet surprisingly under explored field. This book is the fruit of many years of researching, collecting and analysing material published in Western languages on Meiji Japan. He set himself an arduous task as the material covers a range of genres from fairy tales to botanical prints.