Twenty-six Shots from Tingyuen Turned Our Central Ammunition Room into a Scene of Carnage, illustration for the unpublished book Conditions aboard the Battleship Matsushima During the Battle of the Yellow Sea (Kôkai kaisen ni okeru Matsushima kannai no jô

黄海海戦ニ於ケル松島艦内ノ状況 「平遠ノ廿六珊弾我中央水雷室ヲ修羅場ニ化セシム」

Japanese
Meiji era
1896 (Meiji 29)
Artist Kobayashi Teikô (Japanese), Author Kimura Kôkichi (Japanese, 1861–1940), Printer Matsuki Heikichi (Daikokuya) (Japanese), Publisher Uchida Rôkakuho (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Hu et al, Conflicts of Interest (St. Louis exh. cat., 2016), #75 (intact book); Virgin et al., Japan at the Dawn of the Modern Age (MFA, 2001), #35, photo p. 82

Dimensions

33 x 45.7 cm (13 x 18 in.)

Accession Number

2000.333

Medium or Technique

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

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

The book by the author and naval officer Kimura Kôkichi (1861-1940), with 18 illustrations by Kobayashi Teikô, was scheduled to be published in February 1896 but was suppressed because of the realism of the text and the illustrations–the cruel aspects of the war were not considered appropriate for public consumption.
The MFA has 4 of the unbound illustrations, 2000.330 to 2000.333.

Signed

Unsigned
無款

Markings

Seal: Hanken shoyû (Copyright)

Provenance

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

Credit Line

Jean S. and Frederic A. Sharf Collection