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Album amicorum of Tokyo artists Japanese art

Identifier: Coll-1625

Scope and Contents

The album contains 22 paintings by various artists, and these include: an illustration of a swallow, a peony, a waterfall, a monkey, autumn leaves, a mandarin duck, a chrysanthemum, a sparrow on a flowering twig, a lobster, heavy rain, a flock of sparrows, a tea bowl and camellia, a shrimp, houses in the snow, a fan and handscroll, a white rabbit, and a basket.


  • Creation: 1820-1920

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Conditions Governing Access

Open to bona fide researchers, but please contact repository for details in advance of visit.

Biographical / Historical

This album of Japanese art contains 22 paintings by a group of Tokyo artists who lived between 1796 and 1917.

There are three main groups of Japanese painting albums: jiteki-jo, being painting albums made by a single artist; gassaku-jo , being albums contributed to by different artists; and, shuga-jo, being albums with paintings done by different artists and calligraphers brought together by a collector.

Gassaku-jo or liber amicorum ('album of friends') contain paintings often in combination with pages of calligraphy. Sometimes they belong to the same school of artists, but more commonly they are from different schools or done by amateur painters and poets from different cultural groups or circles.


1 album

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

The item was acquired by purchase in April 2015. Accession no: E2015.29.

Processing Information

Catalogued by Graeme D Eddie 5 June 2015

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

Centre for Research Collections
University of Edinburgh Main Library
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