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Original Hokusai watercolors. RISD Special Collections Flat Folio portfolio box. An album (30 x 17 cm) of fourteen hand-painted double-paged watercolors. This volume has a Gorham date stamp of Oct.16, 1871 inside front and back covers. Light blue covers, stab-bound with thread missing/removed. [numbered label on cover:] 612

Katsushika Hokusai (Japanese printmaker, painter, 1760-1849) is noted for Edo period works of ukiyo-e ('pictures of the floating world') in painting and printmaking. He had a long career of over 70 years and is thought to have created over 30,000 drawings and illustrations for 500 books under multiple names typically associated with shifts in production and style. Since the late 19th century, his work has had a significant impact on Western artists, including Gauguin and van Gogh. Hokusai is best-known as creater of the iconic and internationally recognized woodblock print The Great Wave off Kanagawa, created during the 1820s.

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Japanese printmaking; woodblock printing; Hokusai; manga


Art and Design

Style / Period

Late Edo; Ukiyo-e

Materials / Techniques

books; woodblock printing (relief printing process); Japanese paper (handmade paper); Japanese printmaking styles; stab-bound


width: 6.69 inches, height: 11.81 inches

Work Type

watercolors (paintings)


Traditional format; fukuro-toji; double leaves

RISD Fleet Library Catalog Record


Gorham Manufacturing Company Design Library. Gift of Lenox Inc.

Hokusai Manga (北斎漫画), untitled



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