Kiyochika

Kobayashi Kiyochika

1847-1915

Our Troops Take Rongcheng Bay and Make a Landing
(Waga gun Eijowan o senryo shi joriku suru no zu)

the title in the upper right corner of the right sheet, signed Kiyochika with artist's seal Kobayashi Kiyochika, dated on the left margin,Meiji nijuhachinen, ichigatsu(Meiji 28 [1895], January), with name and address of publisher Matsuki Heikichi of Daikokuya, 1895

oban tate-e triptych 14 5/8 by 29 1/2 in., 37.1 by 74.9 cm

After the fall of Port Arthur in November 1894, the Chinese Beiyang Fleet withdrew to their naval base at Weihaiwei on the Shadong Peninsula. From January 20th to the 22nd of 1895, the Japanese Second Army landed troops nearby at Rongcheng Bay to begin an assault on Port Arthur. The image of the struggling Chinese sailor washed up on the rocks in the lower right corner seems to be Kiyochika's not-too-subtle portent of the collective fate of the enemy.

References:
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, accession nos. 2000.12a-c, 2000.415a-c
New York Public Library, no. 101990.a-c
Waseda University Theatre Museum, nos. 201-3568, 20135-69, 201-3570
(inv. no. C-3019)

price: $1,200

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