Third Thursday Lecture | 19 December 2013
A Miscellany of Japanese Sketch Books
and Printed Albums (1840-1908)
Sir Hugh Cortazzi
Former British Ambassador to Japan
Every Third Thursday of the month, the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures hosts a lecture on a topic related to the art and culture of Japan. Talks begin at 6pm (50-minute lecture followed by refreshments). Speakers are all specialists in their field and the talks are intended to be accessible to those with no prior knowledge of Japanese history. Admission is free and all are welcome. Booking essential. To book a seat email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or fax 01603 625011 up to two days before the lecture stating your name, number of seats required and a contact number. Unless indicated otherwise the lectures are held at the Norwich Cathedral Hostry (Weston Room), Norwich NR1 4EH. The Third Thursday Lecture series is funded by the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation and the Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Charitable Trust.
About the Lecture
Japan experienced a surge in visual outputs in the second half of the 19th century to meet the demands of an increasingly diverse audience as the country began to reengage with the rest of the world. Books printed in traditional woodblock prints were available alongside well-articulated western-style etchings produced in Japan with English captions for European buyers. Publishers printed hybrid books showing traditional Japanese scenes with traditional ukiyo-e treatment but with notes and explanations in English.
This lecture invites Sir Hugh Cortazzi, who has recently published the book, A Miscellany of Japanese Sketch Books and Printed Albums, to provide an introduction to a miscellany of illustrated books and picture album by Japanese artists who worked in and around the Meiji era (1868-1912). Traversing through the images from books he collected over recent years, Sir Hugh will take us on a journey through the vast collection of interesting and attractive works produced by late Edo and early Meiji era Japanese artists. He will also demonstrate the ways in which Japanese artists maintained their traditional skills and they responded to the popular demand for depictions of nature in its various guises. After the lecture, Sir Hugh will be happy to sign copies of A Miscellany of Japanese Sketch Books and Printed Albums, available for purchase. Friends of the Institute will receive a complimentary copy at the lecture.
About the Speaker
Sir Hugh Cortazzi (1924-) was educated at St Andrews and London Universities. He began to learn Japanese in 1943 in the RAF. He joined the diplomatic service in 1949 and was British Ambassador to Japan between 1980 and 1984. He was Chairman of the Japan Society between 1985 and 1995 and was closely involved with the Japan Festival in the United Kingdom in 1991, which marked the centenary of the society.
He has written various books relating to Japanese history and culture including Isles of Gold, Antique Maps of Japan (1983), Victorians in Japan (1985) and The Japanese Achievement (1990). Three of his recent books were Britain and the Re-opening of Japan: The Treaty of Yedo of 1858 and the Elgin Mission (2008), Japan in Late Victorian London: The Japanese Village in Knightsbridge and the Mikado, 1885 (2009), and Images of Japan 1885-1912: Scenes, Tales and Flowers (2011). He has also acted as editor and compiler of a number of volumes in the series Britain and Japan: Biographical Portraits.
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