1878 - Rutherford Alcock publishes “Art and Art Industries in Japan”

British consul and diplomatist, Rutherford Alcock’s book attempted to provide a survey of Japanese art. In his book, Alcock writes, “… the range of true artistic work in its application to industrial purposes in Japan is very wide, and more varied than anywhere in Europe. There are a peculiar grace and delicacy, both of design and execution, in all their work, even in utensils for the common purposes of daily life…”