Illustration of the Daewongun Palace War from the series Sino-Japanese War Picture Book

 

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Illustration of the Daewongun Palace War

from the series Sino-Japanese War Picture Book

by Yukawa Hiromitsu, 1894

Illustration of the Pyongyang Victory from the series Sino-Japanese War Picture Book


IHL Cat. #2431

About This Print

Two Korean soldiers are seen fleeing the fighting as the Japanese Mixed Brigade under Major General Ōshima first surround the royal palace (Daewongun Palace or Gyeongbok Palace) in Hanseong, the Korean capital, and then force their way in, resulting in a firefight. The several hour long fight resulted in the Japanese taking control of the palace. On July 23, 1894, the Japanese army attacked the palace with the aim of toppling the Korean government and establishing a new regime under the Daewongun and removing Queen Min's pro-Chinese regime. 

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
 #2431
 Title or Description Illustration of the Daewongun Palace War
大院君人闕争亂之圖
 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 unread square 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
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 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition fair - paper wrinkling throughout; light toning; two small holes upper right of image
 Genre ukiyo-esenso-e
 Miscellaneous   
 Format shikishiban
 H x W Paper 
 9 5/8 x 8 5/16 in. (24.4 x 21.1 cm) 
 H x W Image
 9 3/16 x 7 7/16 in. (23.3 x 18.9 cm)
 Literature 
 
 Collections This Print
 Penn Museum University of Pennsylvania 17719D
last revision:
4/7/2021 created
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