Senso-e - Senso-e are prints depicting wars, most often the Sino-Japanese War of 1894 - 1895 and the Russo-Japanese War in 1904 - 1905. Primarily triptychs, these images filled the journalistic need for illustrations of current activities on the battle front, but also acted as propaganda, encouraging support for the wars and fostering patriotism. These prints emphasized the bravery and success of the army and navy, using dramatic designs and bold compositions, with customers eagerly purchasing the latest prints. Some famous Meiji era artists did senso-e, including Kiyochika, Chikanobu, and Gekko. By the time the Russo-Japanese War came around, woodblock prints had fallen out of favor due to competition with photography and lithography, so fewer designs exist from this time period as compared to the Sino-Japanese War.
Comments - Dramatic Sino-Japanese War illustration of the Imperial Warship Akagi under attack by the Chinese during the Battle of the Yalu River. Pursued by the Chinese cruiser Laiyuan, they managed to fire a shot setting the enemy vessel afire, but the Laiyuan was able to keep firing, causing extensive damage to the Akagi and killing the captain, Lieutenant-Commander Sakamoto. Here, Sakamoto strikes a brave pose at upper right, leaning forward and gesturing toward the burning Chinese ship as he shouts orders to his crew. Smoke pours from the cannon on the deck below at left, and shells burst in the sky and water all around. The English text at upper right reads "Terrible war of General Sakamoto, Leader of the Imperial Warship Akagi." A lively image of this historic battle.
Artist - Toshikata (1866 - 1908)
Image Size - 14" x 28 1/4" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Three attached panels. Paper remnants on reverse at top edge from previous mounting. Horizontal centerfold. A few small holes, repaired. Slight toning, a few creases. Please note, due to the size, this print may be shipped rolled. Please see photos for details.
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