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The Great Success of the Torpedo Boat
  • Kobayashi Kiyochika
    born: Edo (present-day Tokyo), Japan ; died: Tokyo, Japan ; active: Japan
  • The Great Success of the Torpedo Boat, 1904, Meiji period (1868–1912)
  • 日本万歳 百撰百笑 Nihon banzai hyakusen hyashushô (Hurrah for Japan! One Hundred Collected Laughs)
  • Where object was made: Japan
  • color woodcut
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 355 x 234 mm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 14 x 9 3/16 in
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 370 x 250 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 14 9/16 x 9 13/16 in
    Mat Dimensions: 19 x 14 in
  • Museum purchase: Lucy Shaw Schultz Fund
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0056

There is a short commentary in cartouche on the upper section of the print. In the lower section, two men are boxing each other. The smaller man with a head of a torpedo boat hits the larger man with a head of a warship right in the face.