Accession Number: DFJN2015ALJW0001.01-011
Title: Nisshin Sentō Gahō
Translated Title: A Pictorial Record of the First Sino-Japanese War (1894-1895)
Artist: Kubota Beisen (1852-1906), assisted by his sons Kubota Beisen (1874-1937) and Kubota Kinsen (1875-1954)
Volume 3 of a total of eleven bound volumes forming a pictorial account of the First Sino-Japanese War, from its outbreak in the summer of 1894 to Japan’s sea-victories at Weihaiwei, Japan’s advance into Manchuria and finally the peace treaty ending the war in April 1895. The eleven volumes were published at irregular intervals between 21 October 1894 and June 6 1895. Each volume has an introduction written by a well-known figure of the time. The books were produced from carved woodblocks and are bound in the usual method of “bound-pocket book” (fukuro toji). Volumes 5 through to 11 have English captions above the illustrations.
(Ten volumes were originally planned, but an eleventh was added at a later date).
Source: Japan at the dawn of the Modern Age – Woodblock Prints from the Meiji Era, Louise E. Virgin, Donald Keene, et. Al., MFA Publications, 2001, p.68.
“ A unique and important source of inspiration for the Sino-Japanese War print artists was the journalistic reports written and illustrated by the Kyoto painter Kubota Beisen (1852-1906). Accompanied by his two sons, Beisai and Kinsen, Beisen actually followed the troops (the First Army Division) and recorded their battles in words and sketches. And Beisen himself was depicted almost as a war hero in a small number of triptych designs