The Great Victory of the Japanese Navy at Haiyangdao

Artist: Nakamura Shuko
Historical period(s)
Meiji era, October 1894
Ink and color on paper
H x W (image): 36 x 72.2 cm (14 3/16 x 28 7/16 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, boat, Elizabeth D. Woodbury collection, Japan, Meiji era (1868 - 1912), ocean, Sino-Japanese War, triptych, wave

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


This spectacular triptych depicts the major naval battle of the Yellow Sea, also known as the battle off Takushan or of Haiyangdao. A Japanese fleet of twelve warships confronted the Chinese Northern Fleet (Beiyang) of fourteen ships. The fierce battle resulted after only five hours in the loss of three Chinese vessels and damage to several more. Japanese rapid-firing artillery outfired the heavy artillery in which the Chinese fleet was superior. This print is a artistically brilliant rendering of the peak of that naval battle by the little-known artist Shuko.

Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
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