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Jinzhou Castle After Occupation

Oka Shikanosuke (1898-1978)

Japanese Color Woodblock Print 

Jinzhou Castle After Occupation, 1904

by Miyake Katsumi

Snow at Kinkaku Temple from the series New Selection of Noted Places of Kyoto

IHL Cat. #1431

About This Print

From the printed title below the image we know this is a view of Jinzhou1 Castle after it was occupied by the Japanese.  As Jinzhou was fought over and then occupied by the Japanese in both the Sino-Japanese War (1894-1895) and the Russo-Japanese War (1904-1905) this scene could have been from either war. However, given the artist's 1874 birth date, it is more likely a scene from the Russo-Japanese War.  Jinzhou was taken by the Japanese from the Russians on May 26, 1904.  I can find no information on the artist having been to the front in either of these wars.

It is difficult to tell whether this print is a woodblock or a lithograph.  The artist worked in both mediums.

1 Jinzhou is also seen written as Chinchow, or Kinchow and, in Japanese, Kinchū.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog
 Title or Description
Jinzhou Castle After Occupation

 Artist Miyake Katsumi (1874-1954)
三宅克巳筆 Miyake Katsum hitsu

 Seal no artist's seal
 Publication Date 1904
 Publisher unknown
 Edition unknown
 Carver unknown
 Printer unknown
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition fair - soiling and toning
 Genre fukusei hanga
 Format chuban
 H  x W Paper 7 1/8 x 10 1/4 in. (18.1 x 26 cm) 
 H x W Image 5 11/16 x 8 5/16 in. (14.4 x 21.1 cm)
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