Illustration of the Great Battle of Japanese and Russian Destroyers (Nichiro kuchikukan daigekisen no zu)

「日露駆逐艦大激戦之図」
”The Furious Battle. Illustration of Japanese and Russian Torpedo Destroyers"

Japanese
Meiji era
1904 (Meiji 37)
Artist Yasuda Hanpo (Japanese, 1889–1947), Publisher Sawa Hisajirô (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Hu et al, Conflicts of Interest (St. Louis exh. cat., 2016), #96

Dimensions

Vertical ôban hexaptych (two triptychs); 37.6 x 154 cm (14 13/16 x 60 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

2000.72a-f

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions: 2000.72a-f (complete hexaptych), 2000.463a-c (left triptych only)

The hexaptych shows two battles that both took place on March 10, 1904, one at Port Arthur (right half) and an earlier one at Mount Laotie (Ch. Laotieshan, J. Rôtetsuzan, left half). Names of the Japanese and Russian ships that participated in each battle are given in the horizontal cartouches. The overall title, in Japanese and English, is at the top of the rightmost sheet.

Signed

Hanpo (on right sheet)
半哺

Markings

Artist's seal: Kanda-ko

Provenance

Various dealers: primarily in London and Tokyo. Purchased between 1985-1999.

Credit Line

Jean S. and Frederic A. Sharf Collection