Sino-Japanese War 1894-95: Capture of Wei hai wei, 18 January - 12 February 1895
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Intriguing triptych from the Sino-Japanese War showing Admiral Ding Ruchang (Ting Juchang), the leader of the Chinese Peiyang or Northern Fleet during the naval Battle of Wehaiwei. After his defeat in this important battle, the admiral committed suicide by taking an overdose of opium in his office at his Liugong Island headquarters. Here, he surveys his final message with a heavy heart before passing it onto a waiting servant for delivery. His honourable manner of death was admired by both Chinese and Japanese officers. A moving image from this historic conflict, with wonderful detail in the interior setting.

Collections: Art Gallery of Greater Victoria.
The Lavenberg Collection

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 111.
Illustrated in The Lavenberg Collection of Japanese Prints “Sino-Japanese War Prints (1894-1895)”, (IHL Cat. #92, p.7..

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