Great Battle at Port Arthur

Artist: Adachi Ginkō 安達吟光 (active 1874-1897)
Historical period(s)
Meiji era, October 1895
Woodblock print; ink and color on paper
H x W (image): 36 x 72 cm (14 3/16 x 28 3/8 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, horse, 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


This print is a fine example of the work of Adachi Ginko, an artist of the Sino-Japanese War about whom little is known. Here his probable stylistic training in Kabuki theater prints is apparent in the beautifully graded black clouds and subtle monochromatic landscape that provide a backdrop for the dramatic confrontation. In a dramatic pose reminiscent of those struck by Kabuki actors, a Japanese commander on horseback leads his troops against a band of fleeing Chinese soldiers.

Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
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