have studied the condition of the country in the disturbed period that preceded, and for a time followed, the downfall of the usurping Shogunate to account for the evil that had befallen the arts of peace.
Fig. 29.—Reduced from a woodcut after Kikuchi Yosai, in the Zenken Kojitsu (c. 1840).
Of the latest period, from the death of Hokusai to the present time, there is only a little to say. It began under very unfavourable auspices, for the albums of Isai (Fig. 30), the landscape volumes