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Illustration (for an unpublished book) Showing the Condition Inside the Battleship Matsushima During the Battle of the Yellow Sea: "Twelve Shots Hit the Seventh Stand of the Gun and Damaged the Body and Shield of the Gun."

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The book by the author and naval officer Kimura Kokichi was scheduled to be published in February 1896 but was suppressed because of the realism of the text and the illustrations--the cruel aspects of the war were not considered appropriate for public consumption.


Various dealers: primarily in London and Tokyo. Purchased between 1985-1999.

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Jean S. and Frederic A. Sharf Collection

Japanese, Meiji era, about 1896 (Meiji 29)


Horizontal double ôban; 33.02 x 46.99 cm (13 x 18 1/2 in.)

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Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper