Vice Admiral Yamaji

Artist: Kobayashi Kiyochika 小林清親 (1847-1915)
Historical period(s)
Meiji era, November 1894
Woodblock print; ink and color on paper
H x W (image): 36 x 71.7 cm (14 3/16 x 28 1/4 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

boat, Elizabeth D. Woodbury collection, Japan, Meiji era (1868 - 1912), 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 artist Kobayashi Kiyochika was familiar with Western painting and drawing techniques.  Here he provides a portrait of the commander of the Second Army, Lieutenant General Yamaji Motoharu (1841-97) and other officers as they step ashore from their landing craft at Jinzhou. The stark, nearly photographic realism of Kiyochika's war prints contrasts to the more traditional approaches of other artists.

Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
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