Sino-Japanese War 1894-95: The Phyongyang Campaign
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Handsome scene from the Sino-Japanese War of Chinese Generals captured at Pyongyang being delivered to Japanese officers. The prisoners kneel on the ground at left, their sleeves outstretched as they plead for mercy. The Japanese Generals sit at the entrance of a tent, regarding the enemies with stern expressions. The men wear fine black uniform jackets decorated with sashes and gold trim, with stars atop their caps. Other soldiers stand at attention at left, keeping guard over the captives.
An intriguing subject, nicely detailed with burnishing in the officer’s jackets and fine bokashi shading in the background.

Collections: Art Gallery of Greater Victoria.
British Library.
Jean S. and Frederic A. Sharf Collection, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

References: Illustrated in the Pomegranate Communications Inc, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria 2008 publication “Japan Awakens: Woodblocks of the Meiji Period 1864-1912”, by Barry Till, page 112.


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