The Japanese School at the Royal Academy

The Japanese School at the Royal Academy

Edward Linley Sambourne (1844-1910)

1888

Wood engraving

Punch, 4 February 1888, p. 30

Sambourne here satirizes Japonisme or the Cult of Japan, quoting the Times of January 25th: “Japanese Art is the only livng Art in the world. . . . In comparatively few years Japan will become the acknoqledged centre and leader of the Fine Arts” — Extract from Japanese Letters on Japanese Art.

Millais sits in the front row, and Leighton may be the man standing at the right.