Picture of Seven Brave Men of the Navy Suicide Landing Mission Make an Advance Approach Near Weihaiwei
(Okeru Ikaiei fukin waga kaigun rikusentai kesshitai nana yushi senpo joriku no zu)
embellished with lavishly flecked gofun; signed oju Toshikata with artist's seal Toshikata, dated within Akiyama Buemon's publisher cartouche, Meiji nijuhachinen sangatsu (Meiji 28 , March)
oban tate-e triptych 14 by 27 7/8 in., 35.5 by 70.8 cm
This scene is likely inspired by the story from late January 1895 of the advance party from the Japanese cruiser, the Yaeyama, led by Captain Ozawa, who with only six other men during a relentless snowstorm landed a small rowboat on a beach near the fort city of Yungcheng. The seven men captured four artillery guns positioned on the beach which was hindering troop landing in preparation for the assault on the naval base Weihaiwei, which was approximately thirty-seven miles away by land. Toshikata depicts the men after they have secured the beachhead, undaunted, pressing on through the brutal wind and cold to capture the fort.
Nathan Chaikin, The Sino-Japanese War (1894-1895), 1983, pp. 98-101 (re: Weihaiwei Campaign), cat. nos. 80 and 81, color photos pp. 191-192
Bradley M. Bailey, Flash of Light, Fog of War: Japanese Military Prints, 1894-1905, Ackland Art Museum, 2017, p. 122, no. 60, object no. 2014.40.80a-c
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, accession no. S2003.8.1485
Musee Guimet, Paris, work no. MA1891.24
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