The Hood possesses a small but high-quality collection of Japanese prints and illustrated books, ranging in date from the late eighteenth to the early twentieth centuries. The collection's strengths include two complete Tokaido series, consisting of fifty-five prints each, by the landscape artist Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858) and a series by Katsukawa Shunsen (1762-1830?) depicting all eleven acts of the popular kabuki play Chushingura. The Hood also has several early-twentieth-century landscapes by artists such as Kawase Hasui (1883-1957), Yoshida Hiroshi (1876-1950), and Saito Kiyoshi (1907-1997), most of which were donated by Dartmouth alums, and a number of designs by the renowned artist Munakata Shiko (1903-1975) that were given by the artist when Dartmouth awarded him an honorary degree in 1972. Many of the Hood's prints are featured on an instructional Web site that is now widely used for teaching in colleges, universities, and high schools around the country (http://www.dartmouth.edu/~ukiyoe/).
Last Updated: 11/16/06