Naval Battle in the Japan Sea (Nihonkai no kaisen)
1905 (Meiji 38)
Artist Ogata Gessan (Japanese, 1887–1967)
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
Vertical ôban triptych; 35.4 x 69.2 cm (13 15/16 x 27 1/4 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
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.
Artist's seal: Ensei
Previously owned by various dealers: primarily in London and Tokyo. Purchased between 1985-1999.
Jean S. and Frederic A. Sharf Collection