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Screech, Timon (2005) '“Pictures (the Most Part Bawdy)”: The Anglo-Japanese Painting Trade in the Early 1600s.' The Art Bulletin, 87 (1). pp. 50-72.

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The English East India Company arrived in Japan in 1613. On return, its first ship's commander, John Saris, reported that paintings should be sent there for sale, proposing two themes: battles and “lascivious” works. The former suited Japanese proclivities, but the latter is unexpected and surely came from Saris's experience with an erotic Venus he had taken out. The company had dispatched paintings to Japan, in a ship that went via India, depositing there several items for the Mogul court. This paper seeks to reconstruct the possible appearances of the works and to assess their meanings in the home and foreign contexts.

Item Type: Journal Article
SOAS Departments & Centres: Legacy Departments > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Department of History of Art and Archaeology
Regional Centres and Institutes > SOAS Japan Research Centre
ISSN: 00043079
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Date Deposited: 25 Oct 2015 11:39

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