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 was 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.