Tim Clark


Department: Asia 


+44 (0)20 7323 8956

Tim Clark is the head of the Japanese section in the Department of Asia. He is responsible for the 30,000 objects in the Museum’s collection that relate to Japan. His particular field of interest is Japanese paintings and prints of the Edo period (1600-1868) and Meiji era (1868-1912).

Current projects

  1. Tim Clark is leading a major AHRC-funded research project ‘Late Hokusai: Thought, Technique, Society’ (April 2016 – March 2019)

  2. Previous projects

  3. Kabuki heroes on the Osaka stage, 1780-1830 (exhibition 2005), AHRC-supported
  4. Japan from prehistory to present (re-installation of the Mitsubishi Corporation Japanese Galleries at the British Museum, 2006)
  5. Kuniyoshi from the Arthur R Miller Collection (with Royal Academy of Arts, exhibition 2009)
  6. Shunga, sex and pleasure in Japanese art (exhibition 2013), Leverhulme Trust-supported
  7. Late Hokusai (forthcoming)

External fellowships/ honorary positions/ membership of professional bodies

Advisory Board, Ukiyo-e Society of America

Directorate, International Ukiyo-e Society of Japan

Affiliated Researcher, Waseda University Theatre Museum, Tokyo

Recent publications

‘The British Museum’s Japanese collections in the age of expanding new imperialisms, 1859-1914’, Journal of Arts 87, National Museum of Korea, 2015

'The Jakuchū Memorial Exhibition of 1885' in The Artist in Edo (CASVA Studies in the History of Art), National Gallery, Washington DC [forthcoming]

Shunga: Sex and Pleasure in Japanese Art. London: British Museum Press, 2013 (co-editor and co-author, with C. Andrew Gerstle, Ishigami Aki and Yano Akiko)

Japan Review no. 26, Special Issue, ‘Shunga: Sex and Humor in Japanese Art and Literature’. Kyoto: International Research Center for Japanese Studies, 2013 (co-editor, with C. Andrew Gerstle)

Hokusai’s Great Wave, London: British Museum Press, 2011

Kuniyoshi: The Arthur R. Miller Collection, London: Royal Academy of Arts, 2009

‘Ready for a close-up: Actor “likenesses” in Edo and Osaka’, in C. Andrew Gerstle, Kabuki Heroes in the Osaka Stage, 1780-1830, London: British Museum Press, 2005, pp. 36-53 (also catalogue entries and editing).

One Hundred Views of Mount Fuji, London: British Museum Press, 2001.

Dawn of the Floating World: Early Ukiyo-e Treasures from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1650-1765, London: Royal Academy of Arts, 2001 (principal author, with Louise Virgin, Anne Morse & Allen Hockley).

Rimpa Art from the Idemitsu Collection, Tokyo, with Yūzō Yamane and Masato Naitō. London: British Museum Press, 1998 (joint-author, translator and editor)

The Passionate Art of Kitagawa Utamaro (d.1806), with Shūgō Asano. Tokyo: Asahi Shimbun & London: British Museum Press, 1995.

The Actor's Image: Ukiyo-e Prints of the Katsukawa School in the Clarence Buckingham Collection, with Ueda Osamu. Art Institute of Chicago & Princeton University Press, 1994.

Demon of Painting: The Art of Kawanabe Kyōsai. London: British Museum Press, 1993.

Ukiyo-e Paintings in the British Museum. London: British Museum Press, 1992.

Masterpieces of Japanese Art in the British Museum, with Lawrence Smith and Victor Harris. London: British Museum Press, 1990, chs. 10, 11 and bibliography.