Our Elite Forces Capturing the Pescadores Islands in Taiwan (Seiei naru waga gun Taiwan Hôkotô o senryô suru no zu)
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
Vertical ôban triptych; 35.5 x 71.4 cm (14 x 28 1/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
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.
Artist's seal: Kiyo
Various dealers: primarily in London and Tokyo. Purchased between 1985-1999.
Jean S. and Frederic A. Sharf Collection