Our army attacking the enemy at Jiuliancheng

Artist: Adachi Ginkō 安達吟光 (active 1874-1897)
Historical period(s)
Meiji era, November 1894
Woodblock print triptych; ink and color on paper
H x W (image): 35.8 x 71.1 cm (14 1/8 x 28 in)
Credit Line
Gift--the Elizabeth D. Woodbury collection of prints from Meiji Japan
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view

Woodblock print

battle, Elizabeth D. Woodbury collection, Japan, Meiji era (1868 - 1912), Sino-Japanese War, triptych, WWII-era provenance

From the 1960s to 1999
Elizabeth D. Woodbury, Japan and Alexandria, VA, purchased in Japan in the 1960s [1]

From 1999
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, given by Elizabeth D. Woodbury in 1999


[1] According to Provenance Remark 1 in the object record.

Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)

Elizabeth D. Woodbury


The light colors and composition of this print present the intense battle virtually as a pattern of light and billowing smoke.  Most of the action takes place in the distance as the soldiers in the foreground prepare to join in. Little is known about the artist of this beautiful print except that he was known for illustrations of Kabuki theater. He distinguishes himself here as an artist skilled in depicting action.

Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
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