Kiyochika: Sinking of a Chinese Warship
Artist: Kobayashi Kiyochika
Title: Sinking of a Chinese Warship
Our Naval Forces in the Yellow Sea Firing at and Sinking Chinese Warships (Waga Kantai Kôkai ni oite Shinkan gekichin no zu). Important design that shows an underwater view of a the Chinese warship Chih yuen sinking, its Chinese crew drowning above, and sinking like rag dolls into the deep. A number of the crew splash helplessly in the waves. In the distance, other ships are blown to pieces as an untouched Japanese vessels steams in from the right. This battle is said to have been the world’s first battle between steam-powered fleets on September 17, 1894. The ship was sank by the Japanese flagship Matsushima.
Condition: Excellent impression, color and condition. .
Dimensions: ôban triptych
Publisher: Daikokuya (Matsui Hekichi)
Literature: See MFA website for another example. Virgin et al., Japan at the Dawn of the Modern Age (MFA, 2001), #34, photo p. 81; Smith, Kiyochika (exh. cat., Santa Barbara, 1988), #93; Okamoto, Impressions of the Front (1983), #25; Yoshida, Kiyochika (1964), #364