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Gossip: Sino-Japanese War [Break in the Fighting After Victory at Asan]


Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Gossip: Sino-Japanese War

[Break in the Fighting After Victory at Asan]

by Watanabe Nobukazu, 1894

IHL Cat. #459
A Year-end Present from the Emperor and the Country

About This Print

Nobukazu pictures the troops celebrating after a victory at Asan1, Korea with sake served from barrels labeled 日本一 nipponichi ("Japan's best" or "number one in Japan.")  The small red cartouche in the center panel reads 寄贈品 kizōhin ("gift"), possibly a gift from the emperor.  The small red cartouche in the lower right hand corner sits above captured Chinese weapons and reads 分捕物 ("loot" or "plunder").  The artist did a similar design (see below) for a different publisher in the same year, 1894.

1 known as Gazan in Japanese

center panel cartouche reading "gift" 寄贈品

right panel cartouche (lower right) possible reading "loot" or "plunder" 分捕物

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A similar print by the artist, dated 1894

Triumphal Return of the Imperial Japanese Army from a Complete Victory at Asan

Print Details

 IHL Catalog
 Title/Description Gossip: Sino-Japanese War [Break in the Fighting after Victory at Asan]
 Nisshin sensō yobun 日清戦争余聞 [日清戦争餘聞]
 Artist Watanabe Nobukazu (1872-1944)
Yōsai Nobukazu hitsu 楊斎延一筆
 Seal not sealed
 Publication Date August 1894 (as shown below in publisher cartouche)
Yokoyama Ryōhachi 横山良八 
[Marks: pub. ref. 623; seal not shown]

(note unread inscription to left of publisher cartouche)
 Impression good
 Colors excellent
 Condition fair - right and center sheets joined, moderate wrinkling throughout, minor red ink offsetting, trimmed to image
 Genre ukiyo-esenso-e
 Format vertical oban triptych
 H x W Paper 
 13 7/8 x 9 1/4 in. (35.2 x 23.5 cm) each sheet

 Collections This Print
 Waseda University Cultural Resource Database 201-3601, 201-3602, 201-3603; British Library shelfmark: 16126.d.2(74); Digital Collections of Keio University Libraries (note: print is incorrectly attributed to Adachi Ginko)
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