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Illustration of Meeting at the General Staff Headquarters

Illustration of a Large Intense Engagement, Sino-Japanese War

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Illustration of Meeting at the

General Staff Headquarters

Watanabe Nobukazu and Utagawa Kokunimasa , 1894

Gossip: Sino-Japanese War [Break in the Fighting After Victory at Asan]

IHL Cat. #2091

About This Print

Inside the General Staff Headquarters, with the Emperor in his military regalia presiding, a telegram is received from Major General Ōshima announcing victory over Chinese forces near Asan in Korea. The Battle of Asan 牙山作戦 at the end of July 1894 was the first major battle in the first Sino-Japanese War. The General Staff Headquarters was moved to the Imperial Palace on August 5, 1894. It would be relocated to Hiroshima Castle on September 13, followed by the Emperor and key government institutions. Hiroshima, a major port for the movement of soldiers and supplies, would function as a temporary capital for the duration of the war.  

Of course, as with almost all the war prints, the actual scene is a construction by the artist, although the sending of a telegram to the General Staff by Ōshima announcing and detailing the victory is historical fact. 

Assisting Nobukazu, who drew the palace scene and participants, is Kokunimasa whose signature appears on the landscape beyond the pink curtains.



Print Details

 IHL Catalog
 Title or Description  Illustration of Meeting at the General Staff Headquarters
 Artist  Watanabe Nobukazu (1872-1944) and Utagawa Kokunimasa (1874-1944)
Yōsai Nobukazu 楊斎延一
Kokunimasa 小国政

 Seal  Toshidama 年玉印 beneath Nobukazu signature as shown above
 Publication Date  明治27年8月15日  August 15, 1894

Hasegawa Sonikichi [Marks: pub. ref. 101; seal ref. seal not shown]

 Impression  excellent
 Colors  excellent
 Condition  good - three sheets attached; minor soiling; right and bottom margins trimmed to image
 Genre  ukiyo-e; senso-e
 Format  vertical oban triptych
 H x W Paper 
 14 1/4 x 28 1/8 in. (36.2 x 71.4 cm) entire triptych
 H x W Image  14 3/16 x 27 7/8 in. (36 x 70.8 cm) entire triptych

 Collections This Print
 Saint Louis Art Museum 290:2010a-c; Shizuoka Prefectural Central Library K915-108-040-034
last revision:
1/28/2020 created