Sino-Japanese War 1894-95: Capture of Wei hai wei, 18 January - 12 February 1895
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Depiction of the attack on the Hundred-foot Cliff at Fort Hojo near Weihaiwei during the Sino-Japanese War. Japanese soldiers shelter behind high snow drifts, firing over the top of them, the men at left lying prone along the hills of snow. In the centre, a man shovels snow out of the way with a shallow scoop. Red-orange flames and a cloud of smoke rises from the fort in the distance. Lighting up the wintry grey sky. Troops can be seen in silhouette moving through the heavily falling snow. A fine, atmospheric subject with beautiful soft bokashi shading.

Bokashi: is Japanese for “shading off” or “gradation” and may refer to a printing technique or blurring an image as a form of censorship.

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

References:   Illustrated in the 2008 paper Throwing Off Asia II: woodblock prints of the Sino-Japanese War (1894-95) by John W. Dower – Chapter Two, “Kiyochika’s War”.pp.2-2 and 2-15.

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