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An exhibition showing 103 publicly unseen sketches by Japanese ukiyo-e artist Katsushika Hokusai will open at London's British Museum on Thursday.

The postcard-sized sketches were created by Hokusai (1760-1849) in the 1820s to the 1840s and were intended to become woodblock prints for a visual encyclopedia titled "The Great Picture Book of Everything," which covered topics from the natural world to Buddhist lore and life in ancient India and China.

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