Naval Battle in the Japan Sea (Nihonkai no kaisen)

「日本海之海戦」

Japanese
Meiji era
1905 (Meiji 38)
Artist Ogata Gessan (Japanese, 1887–1967)


Catalogue Raisonné

Hu et al, Conflicts of Interest (St. Louis exh. cat., 2016), #111; Virgin et al., Japan at the Dawn of the Modern Age (MFA, 2001), #77, photo p. 129

Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 35.4 x 69.2 cm (13 15/16 x 27 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

2000.451a-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: On May 27, 1905, in the vicinity of the islands off Chikuzen, our fleet under [Admiral] Tôgô furiously attacked the Second and Third [Russian] Fleets which [the enemy] had depended upon as their vital wings. [Tôgô’s fleet] attacked and sank 17 ships, captured 5 ships and, taking over 3000 prisoners including the admiral, totally destroyed the [Russian] fleet. The achievement of our naval forces should be praised as an unprecedented event.

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