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A Great Victory of Our Forces at Kiuliencheng

Tsuneshige (active 1894-1904?)

Japanese Color Woodblock Print 

A Great Victory of Our Forces at

Kiuliencheng (Jiuliancheng)

by Tsuneshige, 1894


IHL Cat. #1356

About This Print

As with the print titled Japanese Forces Conquer Kiuliencheng the artist has portrayed a bigger battle than actually occurred due to the retreat of Chinese troops.

For other depictions of this battle see Japanese Forces Conquer Kiuliencheng and Valiant Battle at Kiuliencheng.

Source: Impressions of the Front: Woodcuts of the Sino-Japanese War, Shunpei Okamoto, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1983, p. 30.
"As the Japanese penetrated Manchuria, they prepared for a full-scale assault on the Chinese defense, then centered at Kiuliencheng.  War correspondent Kubota Beisen (1852-1906) reported on the Japanese conquest of Kiuliencheng: 
It was decided to attack Kiuliencheng on October 26.  So the night before, the various troops were given their orders.  Near dawn, the company I followed began marching.  The fine weather had changed for the worse as a heavy mist rolled over the area.  One could not see his hand before his eyes.  The cover of mist hid our troops, certainly an act of divine assistance!

Soon we heard from the commander, Lieutenant General Nozu Michitsura, that Kuliencheng had already fallen.  The citadel was immense, with ramparts of one square li [about one-third square mile], armed with cannons every three to four hundred meters.  Inside were nine barracks which could house five thousand troops.  That night the First Army's command post was established inside the citadel. 

Despite the battle scenes presented in [this] print, the Chinese had withdrawn from Kiuliencheng and the fortress was conquered virtually without fighting."

1 Kiuliencheng 連城 is also known as Jiuliancheng or Kyūrenjō

Print Details

 IHL Catalog
 Title or Description A Great Victory of Our Forces at Kiuliencheng (Jiuliancheng)
 Artist Tsuneshige (active 1894-1904?)
経茂 画 Tsuneshige ga
 Seal Tsuneshige 経茂 (see above)
 Publication Date October 1894 (Meiji 27) (see publisher's seal below)
井上兵衛 Inoue Mohei [Marks: seal not shown; pub. ref. 140]

ホリ徳 Horitoku
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition good
 Genre ukiyo-esenso-e (Sino-Japanese War)
 Format vertical oban triptych
 H x W Paper 
 14 5/8 x 9 7/8 in. (37.1 x 25.1 cm) approx. each sheet
 H x W Image 14 1/16 x 9 1/2 in. (35.7 x 24.1 cm) approx. for each sheet
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