Sino-Japanese War 1894-95:Invasion of Taiwan (Formosa)
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Dramatic scene from the Sino-Japanese War of the Japanese Imperial Guard battling at Jilong in Taiwan. Two officers rally the troops by waving their swords high in the air, a Japanese flag fluttering behind the men at left. Clouds of smoke billow from the barrels of the guns fired by the Japanese soldiers. At right, enemies fall to the ground amidst orange bursts of gunfire, the smoke obscuring their compatriots. A warship can be seen at far left with a smaller boat arriving along the rocky shore. A terrific design, wonderfully detailed, with embossed curving lines in the smoke.

“At 6.00am on 21 June, the enemy took a position ahead and attacked our scouts… The enemy held the high ground, sounding drums, flute, horns. They resisted stubbornly, but the elite Imperial Guard overpowered them.”  This quotation from the diary written during the Sino-Japanese War seems to describe this scene.

Two editions of this print exsist. The other (Chaikin, The Sino-Japanese War. Switzerland; 1983 pl.92) was published in the same year by Seikiguchi Masajiro. Neither print bears the month or day of publication, and it is difficult to say with certainty which is the earliest edition. The edition reproduced here, however, is the more luxurious of the two, by virtue of its greater overprinting to suggest the smoke of battle and greater gradation in the sky and water of the far left sheet. Excerpt from the 1991 Worcester Art Museum publication “In Battles Light”, Catalogue number 36, p.68.

Collections:  Basil Hall Chamberlain Collection.
Jean S. and Frederic A. Sharf Collection, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston,

References: Illustrated in the 1991 Worcester Art Museum publication “In Battles Light”, Catalogue number 36. p.68.
Illustrated in the 1983 publication “The Sino-Japanese War by Nathan Chaikïn”, as catalogue No: 92, page 203.
Illustrated in the Shinbaku Books 2014 publication “Massacres in Manchuria: Sino Japanese War Prints 1894-1895”, edited by Jack Hunter, page 126.
Illustrated in the 1977 Kodansha publication, First Sino-Japanese War Nishikie Chronicle (Ukiyo-e, 1894-95), p.89.

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