Art & artists
- Augustus Wollaston Franks (1826-97) and James Lord Bowes (1834-1899): Collecting Japan in Victorian England
- Charles Wirgman (1835-1891)
- David Hockney Visits Japan
- Hugh Casson Visits Japan
- Josiah Conder (1852-1920) and Meiji Architecture
- Kenneth Clark Visits Japan
- Peter Swan on Japanese Art
- Sir Rutherford Alcock; Minister at Edo, 1859-62
- Yoshio Markino, 1869-1956
Author: Rousmaniere, Nicole Coolidge
This essay compares and contrasts the parallel careers of two of the Victorian era's most influential collectors of Japanese art, Augustus Wollaston Franks (1826-97) and James Lord Bowes (1834-1899)
Author: Clark, John
This chapter details the life of Charles Wirgman (1835-1891) and his journalistic career in Japan, including as correspondant for the Illustrated London News and the founding of his satirical review the Japan Punch in Yokohoma. Wirgman was a key observer of the opening of the country, having arrived in 1861.
Author: Cortazzi, Hugh, and David Hockney
In his book David Hockney, David Hockney recorded the details of his 1971 visit to Japan. He later visited the British Embassy, resulting in the work Lunch at the British Embassy.
Author: Casson, Hugh, and Hugh Cortazzi
Artist Hugh Casson visited Japan in 1981 for the 'Great Japan Exhibition' of Edo period art. During his time there he made a number of sketches, later published as part of the 1991 Japan Festival in Britain.
Author: Finn, Dallas
This chapter details the life of Josiah Conder (1852-1920) and his teaching of western-style architecture in Hery Dyer's new Engineering College in Tokyo as part of the Meiji regime's efforts towards modernisation. Conder inspired Japan's first generation of western-style architects, and proved to be immensely popular with the Japanese authorities, although they resisted his attempts at Japanese influences in his work.
Author: Cortazzi, Hugh
Art historian and critic Kenneth Clark visited Japan in 1963, giving him the opportunity to indulge his love of Japanese art.
Author: Swan, Peter
Peter Swan went to Japan in 1953 to study Chinese painting, and during his time there covered many facets of Japanese art. Here he gives an account of his visit.
Author: Cortazzi, Hugh
A reassessment of the career of Sir Rutherford Alcock (1809-1897), the first British Minister to Japan from 1859-64.
Author: Blacker, Carmen
Yoshio Markino (1869-1956), artist, philosopher, writer and anglophile, lived in London for most of his life.