Our Elite Forces Capturing the Pescadores Islands in Taiwan (Seiei naru waga gun Taiwan Hôkotô o senryô suru no zu)

「精鋭ナル我群占領スル台湾澎湖嶋ヲ之図」

Japanese
Meiji era
1894 (Meiji 27), December
Artist Kobayashi Kiyochika (Japanese, 1847–1915), Publisher Matsuki Heikichi (Daikokuya) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Hu et al, Conflicts of Interest (St. Louis exh. cat., 2016), #57; Virgin et al., Japan at the Dawn of the Modern Age (MFA, 2001), #58, photo p. 107

Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 35.5 x 71.4 cm (14 x 28 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

2000.422a-c

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

MFA impressions, with title: 2000.422a-c, RES.27.167a-c
MFA impressions, without title: 21.1777-9, RES.23.264-6

Rhiannon Paget, in Hu et al. 2016, points out that the 1894 date in the left margin actually predates the occupation of the Pescadores in 1895 and suggestes that the first edition of the print may have been the untitled version, which is very similar to a scene identified as Fenghuangcheng in a board game designed by Kiyochika in 1894. Apparently the blocks were recycled for a second edition, with a new title, in 1895.

Signed

Kiyochika
清親

Markings

Artist's seal: Kiyo

Provenance

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

Credit Line

Jean S. and Frederic A. Sharf Collection