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Oliver Impey and Malcolm Fairley with contributions by Gunhild Avitabile, Ellen Conant, Sato Doshin, Rupert Faulkner, Janet Hunter, Anna Jackson and Hida Toyojiro
This collection of six illustrated essays provides essential background information on the history of the Meiji period (1868-1912). Janet Hunter of the London School of Economics describes the drastic changes wrought by the Meiji revolution.
Sato Doshin of Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music analyses the Meiji bureaucrats' efforts to promote the craft industries, and Hida Toyojiro of the National Museum of Modern Art investigates the motivations and working methods of Japanese entrepreneurs.
The next two essays, by Gunhild Avitabile and Ellen Conant, celebrate the lives of two Westerners, the German Gottfried Wagener and the Irishman Captain Frank Brinkley, who profoundly influenced the course of Meiji-period craft industries.
The last essay, by Rupert Faulkner and Anna Jackson of the Victoria and Albert Museum, explores the formation of that museum's extensive Japanese holdings during the 1870s and 1880s.
This volume will serve as an invaluable starting-point for the further study of the Meiji period and its art.
The late Dr Oliver Impey was formerly Senior Curator at the Ashmolean Museum, and Reader in Japanese Art, University of Oxford. Co-editor of 'Meiji No Takara - The Khalili Collection of Japanese Art' and the author of many books.
Malcolm Fairley is formerly of Sotheby's and Barry Davies Oriental Art; he is now owner of Malcolm Fairley Ltd. - Japanese Works of Art in London. Co-editor of 'Meiji No Takara - The Khalili Collection of Japanese Art' and an expert on all aspects of Meiji period art.
Dr Gunhild Avitabile is formerly the Curator of Far Eastern Art at the Museum of Applied Art in Frankfurt am Main, and since 1990 the Director of the Japan Society Gallery in New York.
Ellen Conant is an independant art historian in New York.
Sato Doshin is in the Faculty of Fine Arts at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, author of many publications and has written articles on the theme 'painting and language'.
Dr Rupert Faulkner is Deputy Curator of the Far Eastern Collections at the Victoria and Albert Museum; he was involved with the opening of the Toshiba Gallery of Japanese Art and has been recently concerned with extending the collection of contemporary Japanese studio crafts.
Dr Janet Hunter is the senior Lecturer in Japanese Economic and Social History at the London School of Economics; she has written on many aspects of Japan's modern development.
Hida Toyojiro is curator of the Crafts Gallery at the National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo; he is a prolific author who has mounted many prestigious exhibitions.
Anna Jackson is Acting Deputy Keeper of the Asian Department at the Victoria and Albert Museum, and responsible for the V&A's collection of Japanese textiles and dress.
210 pages; fully illustrated in colour
40 x 30 cm
hardback with slipcase