Hokusai: The Great Picture Book of Everything


Landmark publication of a major new discovery of over 100 drawings by foremost Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai. Acquired by the British Museum in 2020, these previously unpublished drawings had been forgotten for over 70 years.


ISBN: 9780714124896 Category:

Timothy Clark


Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) is considered by many to be Japan’s greatest artist. During his seventy-year career, he produced a considerable oeuvre of some 3,000 colour prints, illustrations for over 200 books, hundreds of drawings and over 1,000 paintings. These 103 exciting and exquisite small drawings were made for an unpublished book called Great Picture Book of Everything – featuring wide-ranging subjects from depictions of religious, mythological, historical and literary figures to animals, birds, flowers and other natural phenomena, as well as landscapes. They are dominated by subjects that relate to ancient China and India, and also Southeast and Central Asia. Many subjects found in the collection are not found in previous Hokusai works, including fascinating imaginings of the origin of human culture in ancient China.

This beautifully produced book draws on the latest research, illustrating the complete set of drawings, published for the first time.

Additional information

Weight 819 g
Dimensions 21.7 x 23 cm
Publisher name The British Museum Press
Publication date 30 December 2021
Number of pages 176
Format Hardback
Dimensions 21.7 x 23 cm
Weight 819 g


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Timothy Clark, Honorary research fellow, British Museum. Previously Head of the Japan section in the Department of Asia at the British Museum, Timothy Clark is an internationally renowned Hokusai scholar and has researched and published widely on the artist's life and work. Previous titles include: Hokusai: beyond the Great Wave (BM/T&H), Shunga: sex and pleasure in Japanese art (BM Press), Hokusai's Great Wave (BM Press).