1894. A graphic and very striking triptych Meiji print depicting the Japanese victory over the Chinese in the Battle of Pyongyang by an important Ukiyoe master, noted for his war prints emphasizing Japan's military strength and growing nationalism.
This battle was the second major land battle of the First Sino-Japanese War (15 September 1894) fought in Pyongyang, Korea between the armies of Meiji Japan and Qing China.
The victorious Japanese general is depicted on horseback at the top of the central panel, throwing up his arms in victory as Japanese troops in black jackets flood in from the right and left, trampling the defeated Chinese. Strong repetition of the main colors of black, white and red, against a dramatically streaked black, gray & white sky.
Title in Japanese printed at the upper left; written in English on a tab at upper left, "Fall of Pingyang".
Signed Kiyochika, with his chop and publisher seals at lower left. Tipped on to heavier card stock. 27 3/4 x 14 1/2". Small chip lower left corner, otherwise very good condition. Very good condition. Item #24443