Two cats face off with hibiscus behind them.

Event information

30 Sep 2021


Online event

Please note this is an online event and will require you to use the video conferencing system Zoom.

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Join co-curators Rosina Buckland and Alfred Haft as they introduce the context, scope, themes and highlights of this special exhibition.

In this online launch event, Buckland and Haft will discuss the recently acquired drawings on display in the show, made in the 1820s–1840s by the great Hokusai (1760–1849), best known for his famous print, popularly called The Great Wave

These especially rare drawings were made with masterly brushwork for an unpublished illustrated encyclopedia called The Great Picture Book of Everything, depicting scenes from Buddhist India, ancient China and the natural world.

Public programme supported by the Japan Society.

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If the event is fully booked, or you do not wish to use Zoom, you can also watch the event streamed live – as well as other events in the series – on the Museum's live events YouTube channel.

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About the speakers

Dr Rosina Buckland

Dr Rosina Buckland is Curator of Japanese Collections in the Department of Asia at the British Museum. Previously, from 2019, Dr Buckland was Curator of Japanese Art and Culture at the Royal Ontario Museum, Canada, and from 2015, was Senior Curator of East and Central Asia at the National Museums of Scotland.

Dr Alfred Haft

Alfred Haft (PhD) is the JTI Project Curator for Japanese Collections at the British Museum. His research focuses on Japanese prints and print culture. Haft’s publications include Aesthetic Strategies of the Floating World: Mitate, Yatsushi and Fūryū in Early Modern Japanese Popular Culture and the upcoming Hokusai and Obuse.

Privacy policy

Privacy policy

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