Re: Western clocks in 19th century Japan - addendum


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Posted by Hans Olof Johansson on November 07, 2002 at 14:49:18:

In Reply to: Re: Western clocks in 19th century Japan - addendum posted by Dmitry Goldgaber on November 07, 2002 at 12:02:08:


: The print of Yoshikazu that you found is a very convincing argument
: in support of the first explanation: the Japanese artists were not
: familiar with Western clocks at that time.

Dmitry,

I agree, but it wouldn´t be long after the official introduction of Western chronology in Japan, before at least some of them were as familiar with Western clocks as this satirical print illustrates:


(Part of a triptych, reproduced from Genshoku ukiyo-e daihyakka jiten, vol 2 (Tokyo 1982), p 74)

I haven't been able to find a date for this triptych, but it is the work of Toshimitsu, who was active as a print designer between 1877 and 1900. The clock appears to be of the same type as the ones depicted by Kunichika, but unlike him Toshimitsu has drawn the clock in minute detail.

Best regards,
Hans Olof



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