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Fujikake Shizuya hakushi zo (Portrait of Dr Fujikake Shizuya)

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1996,1009,0.24

  • Title (object)

    • Fujikake Shizuya hakushi zo (Portrait of Dr Fujikake Shizuya)
  • Description

    Monochrome wood engraving. Fujikake Shizuya dressed in kimono seated next to 'hibachi' (charcoal brazier) with tea-pot; open album of Venetian views on table; in traditional Japanese room with folding screens and cabinet. Signed, inscribed and dated. Artist's proof.

  • Producer name

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1951
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 52.5 centimetres
    • Width: 43.9 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        signature
      • Inscription Script

        Roman
      • Inscription Position

        image, top left
      • Inscription Content

        F. KITAOKA
      • Inscription Comment

        incorporated in print
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Script

        Roman
      • Inscription Position

        lower margin, left to right
      • Inscription Language

        French
      • Inscription Content

        Epreuve d'artiste
      • Inscription Comment

        in pencil
      • Inscription Type

        signature and date
      • Inscription Script

        Roman and Arabic
      • Inscription Position

        lower margin, left to right
      • Inscription Content

        Fumio Kitaoka 1951
      • Inscription Comment

        in pencil
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Script

        Japanese
      • Inscription Position

        lower margin, left to right
      • Inscription Language

        Japanese
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Fujikake Shizuya hakushi zo
      • Inscription Comment

        in pencil
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Script

        Roman
      • Inscription Position

        lower margin, left to right
      • Inscription Language

        English
      • Inscription Content

        Portrait of Dr Sizuya Fujikake
      • Inscription Comment

        in pencil
      • Inscription Type

        signature
      • Inscription Script

        Japanese
      • Inscription Position

        lower margin, left to right
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Kitaoka Fumio
      • Inscription Comment

        in pencil
  • Curator's comments

    Smith 2002

    Like 1996, 1009, 023, this is certainly one of the artist's original pulls, but the pencilled inscription may have been added by him rather later. This fine portrait shows the artist's now complete mastery of the wood-engraving medium. The subject is Fujikake Shizuya (1881-1958) the distinguished scholar of 'ukiyo-e' prints, who was to play an important role in the recognition by the Japanese cultural authorities of contemporary art-prints (see Smith 2002, p. 39). According to Sekino, he attended meetings of the First Thursday Society (Sekino, Jun'ichiro, 'Waga hangashi-tachi', Tokyo, 1982, p. 79). He is seen here, perhaps symbolically, in winter, warming his hands at a charcoal brazier, a folding screen decorated with gold or silver leaf behind him to keep out the draughts, and apparently lost in thought in front of a (? printed) album of Venetian views. Onchi had done in 1947 a similarly wintry portrait of the man (Christie's, New York, 'The Helen and Felix Juda Collection of Japanese Modern and Contemporary Prints', sale cat., April 1998, lot 54).

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  • Bibliography

    • Smith 2002 85 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:

    2002, 4 Sep-1 Dec, BM Japanese Galleries, 'Japanese Prints during the Allied Occupation 1945-1952'
    2009 1 Jul- 25 Oct, BM Japanese Galleries, 'Japan from prehistory to the present'

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1996

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    1996,1009,0.24

Monochrome wood engraving. Artist's proof. Man in kimono seated next to 'hibachi' (charcoal brazier) with tea-pot; open album of Venetian views on table; in traditional Japanese room with folding screens and cabinet. Signed, inscribed and dated.

Recto

Monochrome wood engraving. Artist's proof. Man in kimono seated next to 'hibachi' (charcoal brazier) with tea-pot; open album of Venetian views on table; in traditional Japanese room with folding screens and cabinet. Signed, inscribed and dated.

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