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Picture of the violent battle in the snow in the Toshu Province near Wei-Hai-Wei

Japanese Troops Attack the Chinese Cavalry in the Vicinity of Hushan
 

 Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Picture of the violent battle in the snow in the Toshu Province near Wei-Hai-Wei

by Utagawa Kokunimasa, 1895

A Shinpa play "Comedy, Fueteru"

IHL Cat. #90

About This Print

Source: The Sino-Japanese War, Nathan Chaikin, self-published, 1983, p.103.
A striking masterpiece about the Wei-Hai-Wei campaign.  The bitter cold and the grim determination on the riding officer’s face, well wrapped in his fur-lined overcoat, proved he meant to overrun and chase the fleeing Chinese, as his men are advancing and slaying the enemy right and left.  A sense of panic has overtaken the Chinese, while, in the frozen ground, a dead horse and his rider are stiffened into eternity.

Battle of Wei-Hai-Wei

Sources: Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Weihaiwei, Fathom http://www.fathom.com/feature/122225/index.html and as footnoted.
The Wei-Hai-Wei campaign was very short and is considered the last major campaign of the war.  The first men landed on January 20, 1895, on February 12 they received the formal surrender of Chinese Admiral Ting1 and on February 16 they were in possession of all forts and ships.  The battle was fought in severe winter cold which developed into an overpowering snow storm on the last day of January and first day of February. Temperatures dropped to minus 26 degrees Celsius.

The hills encircling the bay formed a gigantic amphitheatre from which the vicissitudes of the struggle could be observed.  Military attaches and men-of-war of the principal navies of the world followed with intense curiosity all the operations, and the Japanese, conscious that they were acting before a gallery of nations, determined to display, day after day, all the resources of their skill and daring.2 


1Admiral Ting committed suicide shortly thereafter and when the remains of the Admiral passed out of the harbor, the Japanese men-of-war lowered their flags and fired their guns in his honor.
2 The China-Japan War Compiled from Japanese, Chinese, and Foreign Sources, Zenone Volpicelli, William Clowes and Sons, Ltd., London, 1896, p. 302.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog  #90
 Title (Description)  Picture of the violent battle in the snow in the Toshu Province near Wei-Hai-Wei (Ikaiei fukin Toshu-fu kosetsu gekisen no zu 威海衛附近登州府降雪激戦之図)
 Artist  Utagawa Kokunimasa (1874-1944)
 Signature  Kokunimasa
 Seal  red plum blossom
 Publication Date  February 1895 (Meiji 28)
 Publisher  Ōnishi Shōnosuke 大西 匠之助.  Nihonbashi-ku. [Marks: pub. ref. 420]
 Impression  excellent
 Colors  excellent
 Condition  good - trimmed into the image, tissue backed, panels joined, center fold center panel (slight separation at edges)
 Genre  ukiyo-e; senso-e
 Miscellaneous  
 Format  vertical oban triptych
 H x W Paper
 14 x 27 3/4 in. (35.6 x 70.5 cm)
 Literature
 The Sino-Japanese War, Nathan Chaikin, self-published, 1983, pl.87
 Collections This Print
 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston RES.27.161a-c

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