By Destroying the Enemy Wire Entanglements [Japanese Forces] Capture the Enemy Fortress at Nanshan (Tetsujômô o hakaishite Nanzan no tekirui o nuku)

「破壌鐵條網抜南山之敵壘」

Japanese
Meiji era
1904 (Meiji 37), September 20
Artist Ogata Gessan (Japanese, 1887–1967), Publisher Matsuki Heikichi (Daikokuya) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 35.4 x 70.1 cm (13 15/16 x 27 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

2000.449a-c

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Inscription in cartouche: The enemy tried with all their power to fend off our advancing 4th Brigade. Our brave, death-defying corps of engineers, with the responsibility for cutting the wire entanglements charged forward. Alternately advancing and lying down on their stomachs, they gradually reached the wire. Crawling to avoid bullets overhead, they carried out their work and finally succeeded in cutting a way in. Their bravery and courage truly merit a special mention in our war chronicle.

Signed

Gessan

月三

Markings

Artist's seal: Ensei

Provenance

Previously owned by various dealers: primarily in London and Tokyo. Purchased between 1985-1999.

Credit Line

Jean S. and Frederic A. Sharf Collection