Toshimitsu Shinsai, Battle of Yalu River, War Print


Original Japanese woodblock print.

Artist: Toshimitsu Shinsai (act. 1876–1904)
Title: Battle of the Yalu River
Publisher: Fukuda Kumajiro
Date: 1894
Dimensions: (R)23.6 x 35.8 (C) 23.6 x 35.8 (L) 23.6 x 35.8 cm
Condition: Trimmed. Minor restored wormholes. Light stains due to oxidation.

The Battle of the Yalu River was the largest naval engagement of the First Sino-Japanese War, and took place in September 1894, the day after the Japanese victory at the land Battle of Pyongyang. It involved ships from the Imperial Japanese Navy and the Chinese Beiyang Fleet. The Japanese forces defeated the Chinese ones in a very close confrontation.


In this print, the underwater fighting is imagined, a contrast to the two battle ships carrying their fight above water. While the perspective is not accurate, the prints published in this period had a propaganda purpose, to praise the strength of a modernised Japan. During the time that they were first made, there was great interest in them and collectors found them interesting as a kind of journalism and current affairs.

Toshimitsu Shinsai (1876 - 1904)

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Print FormatTriptych
ArtistToshimitsu Shinsai (1876 - 1904)
SubjectSamurai & Male, War
Size(R)23.6 x 35.8 (C) 23.6 x 35.8 (L) 23.6 x 35.8 cm