ENGRAVING, ILLUSTRATION AND DESIGN
Examples of Drawing
Blocks and Proofs
PREFATORY NOTE (from the 1924 edition)
This pamphlet was prepared by Lieut.-Colonel Edward F. Strange C.B.E., a Keeper of this Museum, when in charge of the Department of Engraving, Illustration and Design, for use primarily in connection with a collection of Tools, Materials and Examples, specially brought together and now exhibited in the Museum, to illustrate the technique of Japanese Colour-printing from wood-blocks. The descriptive matter has been somewhat amplified, in order to render it of value to those who cannot immediately refer to the Museum collections.
Our best thanks are due to Mr. Rokuzaemon Miyata who, in 1915, presented (through Mr. H. Yamawaki, Commissioner General of the Imperial Japanese Commission to the Panama Pacific International Exposition, Tokyo) a valuable series of Tools and Materials used in wood-engraving; and to Mr. J. S. Happer for his gift of the rare blocks by Harunobu and Hiroshige.
The works of reference consulted are named herein; and acknowledgment must also be made to Mr. Hogitaro Inada, for translations from the Japanese, kindly supplied by him.
CECIL H. SMITH.
Victoria and Albert Museum, 1924.
Plate I THE MAKING OF COLOUR-PRINTS UTAMARO - 'Women as Engravers'
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