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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.

Inscription
 參謀本部會議ノ圖

日清ノ動蘭起テヨリ今日我各大臣ヲ始メ諸将軍議を謀リ會議示論ノ際在韓地ニ大島少将ヨリ我ガ陸軍ハ既ニ成歡牙山ノ要地ヲ占領セシ電報到ル我國民タル者ハ益々同心愛國ノ任ヲ重ゼズンバ有可カラズ今回ノ大勝利ハ日本人民謹テ(つつしんで)萬歳ヲ奉祝ヘキナリ


Print Details

 IHL Catalog
 #2091
 Title or Description  Illustration of Meeting at the General Staff Headquarters
 參謀本部會議之圖
 Artist  Watanabe Nobukazu (1872-1944) and Utagawa Kokunimasa (1874-1944)
 Signature
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
 Publisher
長谷川園吉

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
 Miscellaneous    
 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
 Literature 

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