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Naval Battle in the Japan Sea (Nihonkai no kaisen)

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Inscription

Artist's seal: Ensei Inscription in cartouche: On May 27, 1905, in the vicinity of the islands off Chikuzen, our fleet under [Admiral] Tögö furiously attacked the Second and Third [Russian] Fleets which [the enemy] had depended upon as their vital wings. [Tögö's fleet] attacked and sank 17 ships, captured 5 ships and, taking over 3000 prisoners including the admiral, totally destroyed the [Russian] fleet. The achievement of our naval forces should be praised as an unprecedented event.

Signed

Getsuzô

Marks

Artist's seal: Ensei

Provenance

Previously owned by various dealers: primarily in London and Tokyo. Purchased between 1985-1999.

Credit Line

Jean S. and Frederic A. Sharf Collection

Japanese, Meiji era, 1905 (Meiji 38)

  • Artist Getsuzô, Japanese, active 1904–1905
Catalogue Raisonné

Virgin et al., Japan at the Dawn of the Modern Age (MFA, 2001), #77, photo p. 129

Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 35.4 x 69.2 cm (13 15/16 x 27 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

2000.451a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Prints