Catalogue Raisonné of the Single-Sheet Colour Woodblock Prints of Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) by Roger Keyes (born 1942) and Peter Morse (1935-1993), compiled 1972-2007

Between 1972 and 2007, Roger Keyes and the late Peter Morse compiled a catalogue raisonné of the single-sheet colour woodblock prints of Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849). In 2015, the hard copy of the catalogue, together with supporting notes and thousands of photographs, was donated by Keyes to the Japanese Section, Department of Asia, British Museum. The complete archive is contained in 91 large format binders.

In the years leading up to 2007, Keyes prepared a ‘neat’ set of typed pages summarising the findings about each of Hokusai’s prints, with the intent that these should be published. A text copy of these neat pages is made available here and free download of sections from the text is permitted.

In addition to basic data, description and ascribed date of each print, Keyes lists and describes a sequence of numbered ‘states’, based on the relative degree of block damage observed in the outlines of the finished prints. Keyes also list and describes, where known, later ‘copies’ (facsimile reproductions), which started to be made in Japan from the 1880s, using recut blocks.

References to the collection locations of ‘copies’ (facsimile reproductions) have been removed from these neat pages, since it has not been possible independently to verify the opinions of Keyes and Morse in this matter. The neat pages, edited in this way with Keyes’ permission, are published here in the public interest of furthering and supporting academic and scholarly research.

The original catalogue sets out the opinions of its authors on the basis of their researches at that time. However, the catalogue is neither comprehensive nor definitive. The opinions it contains are not statements of fact and they may have been superseded by the subsequent research of others. No reliance should be placed upon catalogue entries without further investigation. Neither the authors nor the British Museum and its research partners give any representation or warranty that the entries in the catalogue are correct. Nor do they accept liability of any kind for mistakes or missing information.

An online digital resource for the study of Hokusai’s later life and work is currently being developed, for future publication on the British Museum’s ResearchSpace digital platform ( .

We welcome comments and corrections from interested scholars to Thank you.

Research and publication of this resource is supported by:
The British Museum
SOAS University of London
Arts and Humanities Research Council, UK
The Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Art Research Center, Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto
JSPS KAKENHI Grant Number JP15K21501
Grant for Ukiyo-e Research, Ota Memorial Museum of Art (2016)