Tim Clark


Department: Asia 


+44 (0)20 7323 8956

Tim Clark is the head of the Japanese section in the Department of Asia. He is responsible for the 30,000 objects in the Museum’s collection that relate to Japan. His particular field of interest is Japanese paintings and prints of the Edo period (1600-1868) and Meiji era (1868-1912).

Current projects

  • Research into Japanese paintings, prints and illustrated books of the Maruyama-Shijo school.

Previous projects

  • New Japanese Gallery displays: Japan from Prehistory to the Present (2006); Kabuki Heroes on the OsakaStage, 1780-1830 (2005)

External fellowships/ honorary positions/ membership of professional bodies

  • 1997
    Advisory Board, Ukiyo-e Society of America

  • 1998
    Directorate, International Ukiyo-e Society of Japan

  • 2002
    Affiliated Researcher, Waseda University Theatre Museum, Tokyo

Recent publications

T. Clark, Masterpieces of Japanese Art in the British Museum, with L. Smith and V. Harris, (London: British Museum Press, 1990) chs. 10, 11 and bibliography

T. Clark, Ukiyo-e Paintings in the British Museum (London: British Museum Press, 1992)

T. Clark, 'Kunisada & Decadence: The critical Reception of Nineteenth Century Japanese Figure Prints in the West', in Proceedings of the International Symposium "Modern Japanese Art & the West" (Tokyo: Meiji Art Society 1992) pp. 89-100

T. Clark, Demon of Painting: The Art of Kawanabe Kyôsai (London: British Museum Press, 1993)

T. Clark, 'Ready for a close-up: Actor “likenesses” in Edo and Osaka’, in C. A. Gerstle, Kabuki Heroes in the Osaka Stage, 1780-1830 (London, British Museum Press, 2005), pp. 36-53 (also catalogue entries and editing).