The Great Victory of the Japanese Second Army at Kinchoo


Artist
Japanese (Japanese)
Date
1904
Medium
Woodblock print
Dimensions
Overall : 13 7/8 x 27 in. (35.24 x 68.58 cm)
Each : 13 7/8 x 9 in. (35.24 x 22.86 cm)
Credit Line
Hope College Collection
Object Number
2016.58.3.A-B

Label
Kinchoo is an old Westernized spelling for Jinzhou, a walled city in Manchuria where Japanese and Russian forces clashed in May, 1904. The fighting at Jinzhou was part of the larger Battle of Nanshan, in which the Japanese Second Army under the command of General Yasukata Oku used artillery barrages and infantry charges to defeat a Russian force protected by trenches, barbed wire and machine guns. The fighting at Jinzhou and Nanshan was unexpectedly savage and proved to be a precursor to the horrors of World War One. The use of English in the title cartouche of this print is unusual and suggests that it may have been made partly with a foreign audience in mind. The Meiji government cultivated Great Britain as an unofficial ally during the Russo-Japanese war and used intelligence supplied by the British in planning its battle strategies.

Object Type
Print
Academic Themes
War and Peace