Toshisue Shinsai, Chinese Army Fleeing at Asan, The First Sino-Japanese War


Artist: Toshisue Shinsai (fl.1870-1890s)
Title: Chinese Army Fleeing at Asan(牙山清兵遁走之図)
Series title: The First Sino-Japanese War
Publisher: Inoue Kichijiro
Date: 1894
Size: (L)24.8 x 36.6 (C)24.9 x 36.6 (R)24.6 x 36.5 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.

Toshisue Shinsai

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Print FormatTriptych
ArtistToshisue Shinsai
Dimensions(L)24.8 x 36.6 (C)24.9 x 36.6 (R)24.6 x 36.5 cm
Condition ReportSmall creases on the margins, very light soiling, small worn areas with minor holes on the centre and right panel, pencil note at the top.