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Nov.17.2009
My third book has just been released; all 612 pages of it. 'The Complete Woodblock Prints of Kitagawa Utamaro: A Descriptive Catalogue' is a big doorstop of a book (very useful if you want to whack someone over the head), and the first of its kind on this specific subject.  The catalogue started...
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Sep.25.2009
Yesterday, my husband and I drove up to Oxford, the city famous for its spires... and academics who rig examination results for wealthy diplomats and then murder those who find out about it (yes, I do watch too much 'Inspector Morse'). The purpose of the visit was to add another Utamaro print to...
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Aug.25.2009
I spent most of today at the Musées royaux d'art et d'histoire in Brussels, looking at more than five hundred Japanese woodblock prints by Kitagawa Utamaro. The museum houses approximately 6,550 Ukiyo-e prints and an additional one thousand book illustrations by various artists, including some...
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Jul.13.2009
With summer here and the days warming up to the extent that I want to rush out and jump in a lake to cool down, my thoughts have turned to 18th century boating parties on the Sumida River in Edo (now Tokyo). A multitude of prints were produced depicting men, women and children enjoying sunny summer...
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Jun.26.2009
One of the things I love about buying old books is the possibility that someone might have left a little something extra inside them for you... a bus ticket, a newspaper cutting, or some other little gem. I bought a second set of the original Henri Vever collection sale catalogues that were...
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Jun.07.2009
I received an email this morning that really brought back memories for me... very happy memories... from a first year mature student on an art foundation course. Having passed a poster advertising my book, 'Utamaro Revealed', on a daily basis as it is on her way to class, when she was asked to...
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May.27.2009
A while back I posted about the number of requests for help I get from people who have stumbled across my Japanese art blog whilst trying to identify and value their family heirlooms. And when I say 'request' I am being polite... I actually receive rather rude demands, and sometimes pretty...
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May.18.2009
I've been asked a fair few times recently if I can explain how to tell the difference between an ordinary Japanese wife or teahouse girl and a Yoshiwara courtesan in Japanese prints... so here goes. One of the first things that most people learn, from reading about Japanese prints, is that...
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May.02.2009
As anyone who's read my Japanese print blogmost likely knows, I was incredibly fortunate in having Jack Hillier as my mentor. He was a scholar and a gentleman and a very dear friend. I can't even begin to count the ways in which knowing him impacted, and continues to impact, upon my life. Well, a...
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Mar.14.2009
Having commented recently that we have so many books now that it's getting increasingly difficult to get out of bed without toppling a book tower, my husband and I decided to do the only thing one can do in such a situation... take a trip to Hay-on-Wye to buy some more! If you've never heard of Hay...