Re: Western clocks in 19th century Japan - addendum

[ Follow Ups ] [ Post Followup ] [ Ukiyo-e Q & A ] [ FAQ ]

Posted by Dmitry Goldgaber on November 07, 2002 at 18:42:25:

In Reply to: Re: Western clocks in 19th century Japan - addendum posted by Hans Olof Johansson on November 07, 2002 at 14:49:18:

: : 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

Thank you very much.
By the way, You may be interested to know that there were a lot of Ukiyo-e prints,according to Tomino Screech, the author of the review of the exhibition in the British Museum:
“This is fundamentally an art exhibition, and the technical pieces on
display are mostly given the backdrop of a painting or print illustrating
them in real spaces. Ukiyo-e prints – the forte of Timothy Clark who curated this show – are copiously used in evidence.”

Japan Time: Clocks, The Zodiac and Picture Calendars
British Museum
Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3DG
24 March-24 September 2000.

I tried to get a catalog of the exhibition, but did not receive a response from the Museum. Do you know by any chance where I can buy this catalog?

Best regards,


Follow Ups:

Post a Followup




Optional Link URL:
Link Title:
Optional Image URL:

[ Follow Ups ] [ Post Followup ] [ Ukiyo-e Q & A ] [ FAQ ]