Rediscovering Forgotten Modern Japanese Painters: The Charles Stewart Smith Collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Third Thursday Lectures
Saturday 28 Feb 2015 | 13:00

Norwich Research Park, Norwich, Norfolk NR4 7TJ

Dr Eriko Tomizawa-Kay
Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Fellow

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 your seat, please go to the booking form or email the Sainsbury Institute

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The lecture will be held at the Weston Room, Cathedral Hostry, Norwich NR1 4DH. The Third Thursday Lecture series is funded by the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, Yakult and the Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Charitable Trust.


About the Lecture

From 1892 to 1893, whilst on his honeymoon with his third wife, Charles Stewart Smith (1832-1909) bought several thousand Japanese prints, as well as Japanese ceramics and paintings, from the Irish journalist and collector Francis Brinkley (1841–1912). Perhaps most significant among the pictorial works is an a group of 100 album paintings by highly acclaimed Meiji artists such as Hashimoto Gahō (1835-1908), Kawabata Gyokushō (1842-1913), Kawanabe Kyōsai (1831–1889), and Watanabe Seitei (1851-1918), as well as works by relatively unknown artists such as Okada Baison (1864-1913), Ōide Tōkō (1841–1905), and Seki Shūkō (1858- 1915). This lecture explores works by the artists represented in this “Brinkley album,” who were once highly acclaimed but now are almost lost in the Japanese art history canon. It will address who they were, why works by these various artists were eventually collated into an album and how they were connected within the Meiji art world.

About the Speaker

Eriko Tomizawa-Kay obtained her Ph.D. in 2013 from the School of African and Oriental Studies (SOAS) at the University of London, specializing in the Japanese style painting, Nihonga. Eriko was co-organizer of the International Japanese Modern Art History Symposium (JAMAHS) held at SOAS, June 2013. Following the completion of her doctorate, she was awarded an Andrew W. Mellon Art History Fellowship at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where from September 2013 to August 2014, she focussed on the Museum’s collection of modern Japanese paintings and prints, and the Art Market of the United States during the late-19th to early-20th centuries.

To book your seat, please go to the booking form or email the Sainsbury Institute
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