Twenty-six Shots from Tingyuen Turned Our Central Ammunition Room into a Scene of Carnage, illustration for the unpublished book Conditions aboard the Battleship Matsushima During the Battle of the Yellow Sea (Kôkai kaisen ni okeru Matsushima kannai no jô
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
33 x 45.7 cm (13 x 18 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
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.
Seal: Hanken shoyû (Copyright)
Previously owned by various dealers: primarily in London and Tokyo. Purchased between 1985-1999.
Jean S. and Frederic A. Sharf Collection