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Mosquitoes

Woodblock Print
1809-1828 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

The designs on fan prints are a reflection of summer. Here, charming-looking mosquitoes, actually one of the pests of Japanese summers, give form to the ‘mosquito storm’ mentioned in the poem at the bottom left.

The V&A’s collection of Japanese fan prints is remarkable both for its size and variety. The artist who designed this print, Sakai Hôitsu, is best known as a painter of the classical-inspired Rimpa school, and fan prints by him are very rare.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Woodblock printing
Brief Description
Woodblock print, 'Mosquitoes' designed by Sakai Hôitsu, 1809-1828, Japan
Physical Description
Fan print depicting mosquitoes
Style
Credit line
Bequeathed by Bernard H. Webb
Subject depicted
Summary
The designs on fan prints are a reflection of summer. Here, charming-looking mosquitoes, actually one of the pests of Japanese summers, give form to the ‘mosquito storm’ mentioned in the poem at the bottom left.



The V&A’s collection of Japanese fan prints is remarkable both for its size and variety. The artist who designed this print, Sakai Hôitsu, is best known as a painter of the classical-inspired Rimpa school, and fan prints by him are very rare.
Collection
Accession Number
E.4885-1919

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record createdNovember 9, 2006
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