Mabuchi: William Anderson: The Pictorial Arts of Japan
WESTERN SOURCES ON JAPANESE ART AND JAPONISM, SERIES 4
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William Anderson (1842–1900) was a Scottish surgeon who lived in Tokyo in the early Meiji period. He also served as the first chairman of the Japan Society. He is now best remembered as a collector of Japanese art (his collection formed the basis of both the Japanese department of the British Museum and the illustrated book collection at the British Library), as well as the author of the landmark book, Pictorial Arts of Japan, a pioneering work on the history of Japanese art.
This facsimile reprint collection includes a reproduction of this book (reduced in size to 80% of its original dimensions) with many colour plates, its Japanese translation by Kencho Suyematsu, and the catalogue of Anderson’s British Museum Japanese art collection, which he compiled himself.
Table of Contents
The Pictorial Arts of Japan with a Brief Historical Sketch of the Associated Arts, and Some Remarks upon the Pictorial Art of the Chinese and Koreans (London: L. Lowe, Marston, Searle, and Rivington, 1886) (c. 650pp.)
Descriptive and Historical Catalogue of a Collection of Japanese and Chinese Paintings in the British Museum (London: Longmans & Co., 1886) (c. 660pp.)
Nihon Bijyutu Zensho (Japanese edition of Anderson’s Pictorial Art of Japan by Kencho Suematsu) (Tokyo: Yao Shoten, 1896–7) (c. 650pp.)