Art & Design

Third Thursday Lecture: Rediscovering Forgotten Modern Japanese Painters: The Charles Stewart Smith Collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

19 February 2015, Norwich

Dr Eriko Tomizawa-Kay

Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Fellow
Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures


From 1892 to 1893, whilst on his honeymoon with his third wife, Charles Stewart Smith (1832-1909) bought several thousand Japanese prints, as well as Japanese ceramics and paintings, from the Irish journalist and collector Francis Brinkley (1841–1912). Perhaps most significant among the pictorial works is a group of 100 album paintings by highly acclaimed Meiji artists such as Hashimoto Gaho (1835-1908), Kawabata Gyokusho (1842-1913), Kawanabe Kyosai (1831–1889), and Watanabe Seitei (1851-1918), as well as works by relatively unknown artists such as Okada Baison (1864-1913), Oide Toko (1841–1905), and Seki Shuko (1858- 1915). This lecture explores works by the artists represented in this “Brinkley album”, who were once highly acclaimed but now are almost lost in the Japanese art history canon. It will address who they were, why works by these various artists were eventually collated into an album and how they were connected within the Meiji art world.

Admission is free and all are welcome. Booking essential.


To book a seat for this lecture, please contact the Sainsbury Institute:

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Entry cannot be guaranteed after 6.00pm. Please note that if reserved seats are not claimed by 5.55pm they may be re-allocated.

19 February 2015, 6.00pm
Hostry, Norwich Cathedral, Norwich NR1 4EH

Tel: 01603 597507




Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures