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The Occupation of the Fortress at Niuzhuang: The Battle of Lieutenant Colonel Imada

 

 Japanese Color Woodblock Print

The Occupation of the Fortress at Niuzhuang:

The Battle of Lieutenant Colonel Imada

by Adachi Ginkō, 1895

Title Page from the series Annual Events of the Edo Theater

IHL Cat. #1810

About This Print

Source: The Sino-Japanese War, Nathan Chaikin, self-published, 1983, p. 90.
Depicting Japanese troops taking a Chinese battery above the strategic town of Newchwang (Niuzhuang), the battle was fought in brutally cold weather during the first week of March 1895.  Frostbite claimed more casualties than the actual fighting, although before the town was taken by the Japanese they would encounter fierce resistance and house-to-house fighting.  Involved in the fighting for the Japanese were their 3rd and 5th Divisions attacking from different directions.  Japanese losses were 70 killed and 319 wounded, while the Chinese lost over 2,000 men with 635 soldiers taken prisoner.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog
 #1810
 Title The Occupation of the Fortress at Niuzhuang: The Battle of Lieutenant Colonel Imada
牛荘城占領今田中作戰闘之圖 Gyūsōjō senryō: Imada chūsa sentō no zu
 Artist Adachi Ginkō (active 1874 – 1897)
 Signature
 no signature
 Seal 吟光 Ginkō
 Publication Date March 1895 (Meiji 28) [publication date appears in left margin, but is trimmed from this print]
 Publisher
 Hasegawa Tsunejirō [Marks: pub. ref. 469] 
[publisher information appears in left margin, but is trimmed from this print]
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 condition good - three separate unbacked panels; minor wrinkling throughout; slight toning throughout; margins trimmed to image
 Genre ukiyo-e - senso-e (Sino-Japanese War)
 Miscellaneous 
 Format vertical oban triptych
 H x W Paper 
 right sheet: 13 3/4 x 9 1/16 in. (34.9 x 23 cm) 
 center sheet: 13 7/8 x 9 in. (35.2 x 22.9 cm)
 left sheet: 13 13/16 x 8 3/4 in. (35.1 x 22.2 cm)
 Literature 

 Collections This Print
 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 2000.27a-c;  Princeton University Art Museum 2008-97a-c
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