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A painting of the Lighthouse at the Entrance of Port Arthur Harbour

Date: 1894
Dimensions:
Overall: 492 x 860 x 25 mm, 4 kg
Display Dimensions: 249 x 725 mm
Medium: Woodblock print on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Classification:Art
Object Name: Print
Object No: 00004610
Place Manufactured:Nihon

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    Description
    The image comes as a triptych, framed as one piece, and depicts an event from the first Sino-Japanese war of 1894-95. It is one of a series of Japanese propaganda prints.
    SignificanceThis triptych is important for its propaganda value and as a record of one of the battles during the Sino- Japanese war of 1894.
    HistoryThis triptych depicts an event from the first Sino-Japanese war of 1894-95 and is one of a series of Japanese propaganda prints. At this time Japan and China were in conflict over the control of Korea. It culminated in war being declared on 1 August 1894. By March 1895 Japan had successfully invaded Shantung and Manchuria. The Chinese sued for peace.

    The print depicts an action battle scene. Three row boats with Japanese sailors wearing uniforms and brandishing swords and guns are firing at the Chinese army on shore. The Chinese are dressed in green or red uniforms. There is a battleship with a Japanese Ensign in the background left hand side firing at a Chinese naval vessel. The event is taking place at the entrance to Port Arthur Harbour on the Liaotung Peninsula. The area is known to the Chinese as Lushun and to the Japanese as Ryojun.

    Characters inside a cat shape in the lower left hand side translate as the printer's and engraver's mark, and the dates of printing and publication. Printed 7 October 1894. Block cut and print published 10 December 1894 by Hasegawa Sonokichi. Characters in the top right corner translate as being the title 'A painting of the lighthouse at the entrance of Port Arthur Harbour'. Red characters in the bottom right hand corner translate as 'Commissioned print drawn by Yosay Nobukazu'.
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