Kunitoshi Utagawa, Cartoons of the Japan-Sino War


Artist: Kunitoshi Utagawa (1847 - 1899)
Title: Cartoon of Chinese Situation in the Japan-Sino War
Publisher: Hirose Kotaro
Date: 1894
Size: (L)36.9 x 24.9 (C)36.8 x 24.8 (R)36.9 x 25.0 cm

Original Japanese woodblock print.

Battle triptychs were produced in large numbers during the Sino-Japanese (1894 - 1895) and Russo-Japanese wars (1904 - 1905) to satisfy widespread interest in the progress of the imperial army and maintain popular support for the conflicts. The prints idealised the heroism of Japanese troops risking their lives for the emperor. As the demand for traditional woodblock prints fell in the Meiji era, many artists turned to wartime propaganda to make ends meet.

Kunitoshi Utagawa

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Print FormatTriptych
ArtistKunitoshi Utagawa
Dimensions(L)36.9 x 24.9 (C)36.8 x 24.8 (R)36.9 x 25.0 cm
Condition ReportSlightly paper yellowed, some minor foxing on the top margins.