Item 8 - ‘A Note on Japanese Artists of the Utagawa Family’

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‘A Note on Japanese Artists of the Utagawa Family’


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(Typed draft, with revisions. The sheets appear to fall into seven sections: ff. 1–12, 13–14, 15–17, 18–21, 22–23, 24, and 25–28. The first is an early draft of the essay as a whole, while the rest, which are typed with a different ribbon, contain revised or additional passages. Folios 2 and 16 are each a carbon-copy of the preceding sheet; f. 17 is a carbon-copy of which the original is wanting; f. 22 is a slip containing a different (probably earlier) version of the first paragraph of f. 23. As for the date, note (1) the reference to the Japanese publication of 1900; (2) the reference to the third edition of Basil Hall Chamberlain’s Things Japanese, published in 1898, not the fourth, published in 1902, and similarly (3) the reference to the first edition of E. F. Strange’s Japanese Illustration, published in 1897, and not the second, published in 1904; and (4) the reference to the ‘South Kensington’ Museum, which had been renamed the Victoria and Albert Museum in 1899. In any case, it seems likely that this essay, like B4/6–7, was written not long after McKerrow’s return from Japan.)

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