Contents: The book establishes and traces Philippe Burty's (1830-1890) fervent support in new areas of the visual arts in
mid-century France. These include the Etching revival, the sponsorship of the decorative arts, changes in exhibition systems,
the recognition of all things Japanese under the name coined by Burty: Japonisme and Burty's enlightened advocacy of
the young Impressionist painters. He was also a singular collector of etchings and Japanese art (of all types), aspects that
are discussed as well.