Illustration of Captain Matsuzaki’s Inspirational Battle from the series Sino-Japanese War Picture Book

 

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Illustration of Captain Matsuzaki’s

Inspirational Battle

from the series Sino-Japanese War Picture Book

by Yukawa Hiromitsu, 1894

Yukawa Hiromitsu (active c. 1894)


IHL Cat. #2426

About This Print

Advancing under heavy fire, undaunted by personal danger, Captain Matsuzaki is portrayed charging ahead of his men. Leading his soldiers to the battle of Songhwan, Captain Matsuzaki was ambushed and shot through the leg.  Struck by another bullet in the head, he is reported to have shouted, “I’ve been hit!” and to have died bravely.

For other depictions of the captain see this collection's prints:
Illustration of the Attack at the Ansong Ford During the Fierce Battle at Asan

This print, as opposed to almost all other Sino-Japanese War prints, was published in Ōsaka rather than in Tokyo. Its publisher Ōbuchi Wataru of the publishing house Hatsubai Shinshindō was primarily a book publisher and this print was part of a twelve print gafu (picture book), a portfolio titled Sino-Japanese War Picture Book,  the envelope for which is shown below.

Envelope for the series Sino-Japanese War Picture Book
image source: Penn Museum 17719M


To see more prints of the Sino-Japanese War including the Battle of Pyongyang see the article Sino-Japanese War Prints (1894-1895).

Print Details

 IHL Catalog
 #2426
 Title or Description Illustration of Captain Matsuzaki’s Inspirational Battle
 松崎大尉奮戰之圖 
 Series Title Sino-Japanese War Picture Book 日清戦争画譜 Nishin sensō gafu
 Artist Yukawa Hiromitsu (active c. 1894)
 Signature
Hiromitsu 広
 Seal 湯 Yukawa seal (see above)
 Publication Date
October 18, 1894 (Meiji 27) [printed October 14, 1894]
 Publisher
Ōbuchi Wataru 大淵涉 of the Ōsaka 大阪 publishing house Hatsubai Shinshindō  發賣駸々堂
[click on image to enlarge]
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition good - repair on verso along left edge, not visible from front
 Genre ukiyo-esenso-e
 Miscellaneous   
 Format shikishiban
 H x W Paper 
 9 9/16 x 8 1/4 in. (24.3 x 21 cm) 
 H x W Image
 9 3/16 x 7 3/8 in. (23.3 x 18.7 cm)
 Literature 
 
 Collections This Print
 Penn Museum University of Pennsylvania 17719L
last revision:
4/8/2021 created
Comments