Chinese soldiers carry a Korean princess as they flee from a Japanese attack

Artist: Migita Toshihide 右田年英 (1862-1925)
Historical period(s)
Meiji era, September 1894
Woodblock print; ink and color on paper
H x W (image): 35.5 x 72.1 cm (14 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, Japan, Meiji era (1868 - 1912), princess, 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 dramatic scene, set in a mountainous landscape setting, portrays a group of Chinese soldiers led by their commander, fleeing in the face of a Japanese attack, represented only by the battle flag visible over the rocky emankment at left. A soldier carries a Korean woman on his back as shells burst behind them. Only two figures in this scene are identified: the Korean princess, and the Chinese commander, Yeh Chih-chao. This print probably portrays Yeh's retreat from the battle at Asan, South Korea, 30 July 1894, which took place in the first week of the Japanese First Army's sweep through the Korean Peninsula. General Yeh was court martialed in Beijing and beheaded in 1896 for his retreat in this battle.

Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
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