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Woodblock print - Mosquitoes


  • Object:

    Woodblock print

  • Place of origin:

    Japan (made)

  • Date:

    1809-1828 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Sakai Hoitsu, born 1761 - died 1828 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Woodblock printing

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Bernard H. Webb

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

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.

Physical description

Fan print depicting mosquitoes

Place of Origin

Japan (made)


1809-1828 (made)


Sakai Hoitsu, born 1761 - died 1828 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Woodblock printing

Descriptive line

Woodblock print, 'Mosquitoes' designed by Sakai Hôitsu, 1809-1828, Japan



Subjects depicted



Designs; Prints


East Asia Collection

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