despite his early training under Shunshō, but left this speciality entirely in the hands of the Utagawas.
The first European account of Hokusai appeared in the Transactions of the Asiatic Society of Japan for 1878 in a short outline of the History of the Pictorial Art of Japan, by the author. He has since been the subject of eulogy by many high authorities, including Mr. F. V. Dickins, who has published an English edition of the Hundred Views of
Fig. 25.—Reduced from a drawing made for the engraver by Hokusai (c. 1820). (Ernest Hart Collection.)
Mount Fuji, one of the best of his works next to the monumental series of rough sketches (Hokusai Mangwa), M. Duret in the Gazette des Beaux Arts; M. Gonse in L' Art Japonais, Dr. Brinckmann in Kunst und Handwerk in Japan, and Professor Fenollosa in an introduction to an exhibition of the artist's work at Boston. All are agreed that he was the most versatile, original and prolific artist of his school, and that his numerous albums and book illustrations have done more than any other