The Sumida Hokusai Museum is holding a special exhibition
Scholars’ Delight: The Peter Morse Collection and the Narazaki Muneshige Collection, October 12th – December 5th, 2021
The Sumida Hokusai Museum possesses two outstanding collections that were built up by
Peter Morse and Narazaki Muneshige, respectively. Morse was one of the world’s most
distinguished Hokusai researchers as well as an important collector of his works, and Narazaki
was a leading ukiyo-e researcher who collected works by members of the Katsushika School
in addition to a wealth of valuable art-related materials.
This exhibition presents about 140 works carefully selected from the Peter Morse Collection,
which illustrates the customs and fashions of the Edo period, and the Narazaki Muneshige
Collection, which comprises works by painters and artists who were particularly popular and
highly regarded from the Edo period to the Showa era.
Presenting a variety of rare works by Hokusai as well as a number of valuable works by
other renowned artists, this exhibition will focus on the enthusiasm and the achievements of
these two collectors dedicated their lives to collecting and studying those superb
Chapter 1 ｜ The Peter Morse Collection
●From the series that Peter Morse loved most Mimeguri Shrine and Ushijima Shrine, from the series Newly Published Perspective Pictures
Katsushika Hokusai, Mimeguri Shrine and Ushijima Shrine, from the series Newly Published Perspective Pictures, The Sumida Hokusai Museum collection (2 Term)
●A fine example of the clear blind printing technique called karazuri
The Tamagawa River in Musashi Province, from the series Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji
Katsushika Hokusai, The Tamagawa River in Musashi Province, from the series Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji, The Sumida Hokusai Museum collection (1 Term)
● A work from the series to which Peter Morse dedicated his book Sarumaru-dayū, from the series One Hundred Poems Explained by a Nurse
Katsushika Hokusai, Sarumaru-dayū, from the series One Hundred Poems Explained by a Nurse, The Sumida Hokusai Museum collection (1 Term)
Chapter 2 ｜ The Narazaki Muneshige Collection
● A work by an artist of the Katsushika School carrying on Hokusai’s techniques Teisai Hokuba, A Squall
Teisai Hokuba, A Squall, The Sumida Hokusai Museum collection (1 Term)
● A painting in which Rosetsu was particular about the texture of the dog’s fur Nagasawa Rosetsu, Western Breed Mother Dog and Puppy
Nagasawa Rosetsu, Western Breed Mother Dog and Puppy, The Sumida Hokusai Museum collection (2 Term)
● A work by woodblock artist Kawase Hasui, who had a personal relationship with Narazaki
Kawase Hasui, Temple in the Snow
Kawase Hasui, Temple in the Snow, The Sumida Hokusai Museum collection (1 Term)
◆About the Peter Morse Collection
Peter Morse (1935–1993) was an American researcher and a great collector of Katsushika
Hokusai’s works. He was also a relative of the American zoologist Edward S. Morse (1838–1925), who visited Japan and discovered the Ōmori shell mound in the early Meiji era (Peter was a great-grandson of Edward’s younger brother).
The Peter Morse Collection, consisting of approximately 600 items including paintings and woodblock prints by Hokusai and research materials, was regarded as the largest and most comprehensive private collection of Hokusai’s works in the West. A notable characteristic of this collection is that it includes many rare and precious works collected from a researcher’s viewpoint. In the first chapter of this exhibition, 95 works from the Peter Morse Collection are presented.
◆About the Narazaki Muneshige Collection
Narazaki Muneshige (1904–2001) was a Japanese art historian who was active in the Showa and Heisei eras. Engaged in the publication of an ukiyo-e print periodical before the Second World War, Narazaki founded the Japan Ukiyo-e Society (the second and the third formations), the forerunner of the present International Ukiyo-e Society, and served as its chairperson.
The Narazaki Muneshige Collection, which was established in the process of these research activities, includes both precious works of art and artistic or historic materials, which are invaluable for Japanese art history research. About 480 items from the collection are in the possession of the Sumida Hokusai Museum.
■ Period｜October 12th (Tue) - December 5th (Sun), 2021
＊The works on display will partially change between the two terms.
1 Term｜October 12th (Tue) - November 7th (Sun)
2 Term｜November 9th (Tue) - December 5th (Sun)
■ Hours｜9:30-17:30 (last admission 17:00)
■ Organizers｜Sumida City, The Sumida Hokusai Museum
In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 infection,
there is a possibility that the sessions, opening hours,
admission fees, events, lectures, etc, may be changed or canceled.
Please check the Sumida Hokusai Museum's official website
for details before visiting.