Today I stood in front of one of the most famous illustrations in the world. A meeting of western perspective and Japanese tradition. I talk of The Wave that wonderful coloured woodcut by Hokusai which was drawnig about 1830 and which has captured the imagination of east and west. The British Museum has made a great deal of fuss about The Wave and has built a small exhibition around this one picture and it is absorbing.
There is also an exhibition of Japanese manga which is their word for comics. There are drawings by Hushimo Yakinoku for the comic character Professor Mujnakata and the edition of his mystery solving in The British Museum. A Japanese equivalent of Hercule Poirot! The Professor is a very popular character in Japan and has appeared in a number of comics. A book of the drawings is on sale at the Museum.
So much attention is paid to Grayhson Perry’s alter ego, the young girl with teddy bear, that it is possible to lose sight of the work for which he justifyably acclaimed in the creation of ceramics. While you are admiring The Wave you could visit the Grayson Perry ehibition of the pottery of unknown potters throughout time.