Maps of Japan from the Cortazzi Collection
Several other important donations have come in rapid succession, including a large collection of books on Japanese art and history donated by Sir Hugh and Lady Cortazzi. Sir Hugh was formerly the British ambassador to Japan and is a noted scholar in his own right. This collection includes a number of important and rare volumes of books. Sir Hugh and Lady Cortazzi also gave the Lisa Sainsbury Library about 40 Yokohama prints (ukiyo-e showing foreigners) and some other prints and paintings as long-term loan. In addition, Sir Hugh and Lady Cortazzi have placed their valuable collection of Japanese ceramics, in particular pieces by Living National Treasure Shimaoka Tatsuzo, on long-term loan with the Institute, and some of them are now on display at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts.Nihon zenkoku dochu ezu (Pictorial Route Map of Japan), woodblock print, probably mid-19th century. Cortazzi Collection.