Toshimasa Shunsai, Naval Warfare, The First Sino-Japanese War


Artist: Toshimasa Shunsai (fl.1887-1894)
Title: Naval Warfare(日清海戦之図)
Series title: The First Sino-Japanese War
Publisher: Sasaki Toyokichi
Date: 1894
Size: (L)24.7 x 35.9 (C)24.7 x 35.9 (R)24.8 x 35.9 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.

Toshimasa Shunsai

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Print FormatTriptych
ArtistToshimasa Shunsai
Dimensions(L)24.7 x 35.9 (C)24.7 x 35.9 (R)24.8 x 35.9 cm
Condition ReportSlightly trimmed, minor spots, pencil note and small thin area at the top of the left panel, pinholes.