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Sino-Japanese War Chronicle


Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Sino-Japanese War Chronicle

by Yōshū Chikanobu, 1895

Taiwan War: Illustration of the Battle of Baguashan

IHL Cat. #158

About This Print

A relatively respectful treatment (and, therefore, a rare image) of the Chinese adversary.  The large characters in the scroll on the left panel read "Sino-Japanese war chronicle" and the date February 2, 1895  明治二十八年二月二日 is written in the body of the scroll.  The remainder of the scroll (see detail below), which is untranslated except for the characters 威海衛, "Ikaiei," the Japanese name for Weihaiwai,  would provide details of the scene being illustrated.  The battle of Weihaiwei took place from January 20 through February 12, 1895 in Weihai, Shandong Province and is considered the last major battle before the signing of the Treaty of Simonoseki ending the war.

This print may be part of a series by Chikanobu depicting various battles in the Sino-Japanese War.

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Print Details

 IHL Catalog
 Title or Description Sino-Japanese War Chronicle (Nisshin sensō ki 日清戦争記)  
 Artist Yōshū Chikanobu (1838-1912)
楊洲周延 Yōshū  Chikanobu (right panel)
 Seal no artist seal
 Publication Date March 11, 1895
 Publisher Maki Kinnosuke 牧金之助 [Marks: pub. ref. 291; seal not shown]
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition good – full size unbacked separate sheets; ink offsetting primarily on center panel
 Genre nishiki-e; senso-e
 MiscellaneousThe two square seals, shown left, are associated with a number of publishers during the 1890s, including the publishers Hasegawa Sumi 長谷川寿美 and Komori Sōjirō 小森宗次郎. They often appear near the publisher's name. Taken together, the seals read Kumiai seigen 組合正言.  Kumiai can be translated as "guild" and seigen can be translated as "censor" (using the Chinese meaning for the word.)  So, we may have some type of publisher's guild approval or censor seal.  
 Format vertical oban triptych
 H x W Paper 
 14 3/4 x 9 3/4 in. (37.5 x 24.8 cm) each sheet
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