Sino-Japanese War 1894-95: Capture of Wei hai wei, 18 January - 12 February 1895
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Fifty troop ships – one visible at the top of the left sheet – delivered soldiers to the extreme northeast part of the Shandong Peninsula in the Weihaiwei campaign. All the Japanese land forces disembarked at Rongcheng Bay.Dramatic illustration of a Japanese boat making a landing at Rongcheng Bay during the Sino-Japanese War. Sailors row through the tossing surf as an officer stands in the centre as a lone Chinese soldier lies on the rocky shore at right, waves washing over him. Additional ships can be seen in silhouette at upper left, following this first boat. A dramatic composition of soft colour and beautiful shading in the water.

Kiyochika derives his treatment of the sea and sky, his grading of colour and light from Western watercolour painting.               

Collections: British Library.
Jean S. and Frederic A. Sharf Collection, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Massachusetts.
The Worcester Art Museum.

References: Illustrated in the 1991 Worcester Art Museum Catalogue “In Battles Light”, Catalogue number 18. p.45.

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