Advancing toward Port Arthur

Artist: Migita Toshihide 右田年英 (1862-1925)
Historical period(s)
Meiji era, 1895
Woodblock print; ink and color on paper
H x W (image): 35.9 x 70.8 cm (14 1/8 x 27 7/8 in)
Credit Line
Gift--the Elizabeth D. Woodbury collection of prints from Meiji Japan
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
On View Location
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Woodblock print

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

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 triptych records the attack by the Japanese army after dynamiting a defensive gate.  Across the foreground, Chinese and Japanese soldiers engage in hand-to-hand combat. The artist Toshihide, a renowned illustrator, was particularly skilled in conveying the agony and action of battle scenes with a sense of photographic immediacy. The Japanese army wears Western military uniforms, while the Chinese soldiers wear their native garments. The straw sandals worn by the Japanese soldiers are the only remnants of their traditional clothing.

Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
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