Yoshijirō Urushibara: a Japanese Printmaker in London

A Catalogue Raisonné

Yoshijiro Urushibara: A Japanese printmaker in London is a catalogue raisonné of the work of Yoshijiro Urushibara (1889–1953), a Japanese artist and craftsman who lived and worked in London from 1910 to 1940. During his thirty years in Europe, Urushibara produced a considerable number of prints and played a major role in encouraging the production and appreciation of the colour woodcut in the Japanese manner, especially in Britain. Throughout his career Urushibara contributed to cross-cultural interactivity, collaborating with several European artists. His most famous and successful collaboration was with the British artist Frank Brangwyn (1867-1956).
The authors had unique access to the artist’s family archive in Tokyo and recorded and evaluated the extent of Urushibara’s print production. With fully researched catalogue entries, full-colour illustrations, and illuminating biographical and contextual essays, this publication – the first of its kind in the English language - provides a comprehensive account of Urushibara’s life and oeuvre.

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Biographical Note

Hilary Chapman MA is an art historian and print dealer specialising in early 20th century British prints. She has published catalogues, monographs, and articles, the most recent in Print Quarterly, 2016, Yoshijiro Urushibara and Frank Brangwyn: A Question of Size. Dr Libby Horner is an art historian, a compulsive cataloguer and the world’s leading authority on Frank Brangwyn. She is compiling the catalogue raisonné of all his works, the most recent publication being Brangwyn at WAR! (Goldmark, 2014).


Scholars, collectors and students of modern printmaking, in particular woodblock printmaking in Japan and Great Brittain at the beginning of the twentieth century.

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