To Present for you
" The Colour of London "
- A Japanese Artist in London -
The Japanese water colourist Yoshio Markino lived in London from 1897 to
1942. The 44years he spent in London represent his most fruitful artistic
period and it is for his water coloers of foggy London that he is chiefly
Markino also wrote several books, mainly describing his experience as a
Japanese living in early 20th century London.
The most famous of these was A Japanese Artist in London, which is
reprinted in this edotoin for the first time for over 80 years.
Following the poverty and hardship described in A Japanese Artist in
London, Markino was to achieve success as a painter, evidenced by his
appearance in Who's Who from1928 to 1949, Yoshio Markino died in
Japan in 1956.
My Arrival in England
It was December 8, 1897, when I arrived here from America, where I had been
some four and a half years. I was quite young, but I was far more boyish
than my own age. First Art. But I had neither money nor any
Knowledge of the French language. I had only one recommendation letter to
some one. Unfortunately this gentleman had left Paris previously,
so I decided to come to London to night train through Dieppe and
New Heaven （Haven）. From the very first it seemed to me to be
a New Heaven; I had such a good impression with English officers
on board the Channel boats had such gentle faces; they talked to me so
kindly. It was a great comfort after the desperate struggle in Paris,
where I was practically dumb and deaf.
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