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(Ehon) Saishiki tsu (絵本) 彩色通 (Picture Book: The Essence of Colouring)

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1979,0305,0.465.2

  • Title (object)

    • (Ehon) Saishiki tsu (絵本) 彩色通 (Picture Book: The Essence of Colouring)
  • Description

    Illustrated book. Vol. 2 of two volumes. Woodblock-printed.

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  • Producer name

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1848
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 0.18 metres
    • Width: 0.13 metres
  • Curator's comments

    Clark 2017

    Chinese lions, like ones in Hokusai’s ‘Daily Exorcism’
    brush drawings (cat. 192) are shown in controposto
    poses, with mouths open and closed. Their manes, tails
    and fur are formed into eccentric swirls, and both
    mythic beasts exude a strong personality. In the text,
    mostly written in easy-to-read phonetic script, Hokusai
    gives advice on colours and how to apply them. Several
    dozen painted works have survived from Hokusai’s
    eighty-eighth year, far more than from any other year
    of his life. This book, compiled in 1847 when he was
    eighty-eight, supports the impression that the artist’s
    prime concern during this time was his legacy in
    painting. Hokusai writes as much in the postscript to
    volume 1, and anticipates getting better and better after
    ninety and one hundred. He expresses satisfaction at
    the modest price of each small volume of a projected
    set of four; in the event only two were published.

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  • Bibliography

    • Clark 2017 211 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G35/dc20

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:
    2017 25 May - 13 Aug, London, BM, G35, Hokusai: Beyond the Great Wave

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1979

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    1979,0305,0.465.2

  • Additional IDs

    • JH.465 (Hillier no.)

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