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Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (aka Yoshitoshi), Japanese, (1839–1892)
Picture of Masakiyo at Shinshu Castle During the Conquest of Korea, 1864
Ink on Paper
14 in. x 29 1/16 in. (355.6 mm x 738.19 mm)

Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Period: Edo (Japan, 1615-1868)
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Marer
Accession Number: 93.3.95

Alternate Title: Masakiyo Sankan taiji zu

Triptych; 3 panels cojoined and the whole piece is mounted to the mat by all four corners. Descriptive label on verso of mat.

On mat, in pencil: Marer 27, Yoshitoshi. Signed: Ikkaisai Yoshitoshi ga. Artist's seal: Kiri. Censor's seal: Aratame and date (Ne-san) in single seal.

Colored ink woodblock on paper; oban; triptych.

Object Description
Edo period Japanese color woodblock print with an image of a battle at sea. Triptych. Here the 1862 attack by the British on Kagoshima is shown as the 16th century battle for Shinshu Castle. The key to the deception is the illustration of London's St. Paul's cathedral as Shinshu Castle. Ironically, even though these prints show Masakiyo as heroic and Japan as victorious, the conquest of Korea was ultimately fruitless and simply a result of Hideyoshi's megalomania. The battle at Kagoshima, however, was considered a victory for Japan, with the British withdrawing after severe losses in a typhoon.

Yamaguchiya Tobei.

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