The late Choson period (from the seventeenth century AD) was a period of relative prosperity in Korea. The arts thrived, particularly under King Yongjo (1724-76) and King Chongjo (1776-1800), both able rulers who encouraged economic, social and political stability. Chin'gyong, or 'true-view' landscape paintings became fashionable among the scholar-literati class; they depicted real scenes from the Korean landscape, rather than those copied from Chinese paintings. Meanwhile, humorous scenes of daily life became popular among the growing middle class.Kim Hong-do was one of the most famous painters of these scenes. This album is one of at least two known copies of Hong-do's famous original, now in the National Museum of Korea. It may have been made in the late nineteenth century as a special present for a dignitary. The painting focuses on people and their activities, with the background barely illustrated. The paintings in the album include schoolroom scenes, wrestling, and other everyday activities.