Material Information

Series Title:
Objects of instruction : treasures of SOAS
Added title page title:
Sun furen huitong Liu xiaojie Taizhong zhang hua dasheng
Added title page title:
Sun's wife and Miss Liu jointly manifest the great victory in Taiwan
Added title page title:
Sun’s Wife and the Liu sisters celebrate the great victory in Zhanghua in Taiwan
Wu Wenyi, illustrator ( contributor )
Place of Publication:
Publication Date:
Physical Description:
1 sheet, H33.5 x W57.9 cm
Paper, Water color inks ( medium )
H33.5 x W57.9 cm
Woodblock print on paper


Subjects / Keywords:
Sino-Japanese War, 1894-1895 ( lcsh )
Battles ( lcsh )
Liu Yongfu,1837-1917 ( lcsh )
Black Flag Army
Madam Zhang
Miss Liu
Taiwan ( lcsh )
Taiping Rebellion, 1850-1864 ( lcsh )
Woodblock Print
Spatial Coverage:
Asia -- China -- Taiwan
亚洲 -- 中国 -- 台湾
亞洲 -- 中國 -- 台灣
23.5 x 121


Scope and Content:
Even after the signing of the 1895 peace treaty marking the end of the Sino-Japanese War of 1894-95, Taiwanese resistance forces, led by General Liu Yongfu (1837-1917) of the Black Banner Army, continued to attack the occupying Japanese troops. Madam Zhang (in the middle, on a blue horse), wife of Commander-in-chief Sun, formed the women’s resistance force to avenge the death of her husband. She was accompanied into battle by the Liu sisters, probably daughters of General Liu, who is shown in the top right. The scene represents their victorious battle in Zhanghua, which took place on the 27th day of the seventh lunar month of 1895. (Text by John T. Carpenter and Yoshiko Yasumura, from the exhibition catalogue: Objects of instruction : treasures of the School of Oriental and African Studies, Anna Contadini, Editor. London : SOAS, University of London, 2007.)
General Note:
The battle scene depicted here refers to the Sino-Japanese War of 1894-95. Although China was defeated this print nevertheless acknowledges one of their few victorious battles against the Japanese aggressor. In 1894 the Cantonese general Liu Yongfu (1837-1917), whose reputation was legendary for his resistance against the Taiping rebels in 1864 and his assistance in the Franco-Vietnamese war against the French in 1873, had now been appointed to help defending Taiwan. Under his command the Black Flag Army carried on a tenacious struggle against the Japanese araiy. In this scene he is watching the battle of the 27th of the seventh lunar month in which several thousand Chinese soldiers died. The print was commissioned by Commander-in-chief Sun, whose heroic wife Madam Zhang died in battle, to cherish her memory. Both Madam Zhang and Miss Liu? who is probably affiliated to general Liu, were appointed commander of their troops and they are seen here recapturing a Taiwanese city from the Japanese.
General Note:
Published reference in: Preliminary list of Chinese woodblock prints in the SOAS Library
General Note:
VIAF name authority record for 'Liu, Yongfu, 1837-1917' is record number 33091067
General Note:
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General Note:
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General Note:
Inked in five colours (red, green, blue, yellow and black)
The 'Objects of instruction : the treasures of SOAS' exhibition was funded through a generous gift from the Foyle Foundation and with the support of the Arts & Humanities Research Council.
Cited in: Objects of instruction : treasures of the School of Oriental and African Studies, Anna Contadini, Editor. London : SOAS, University of London, 2007. Listed as item number: 31
General Note:
Title previously recorded incorrectly as 勝大縣化彰中会姐小劉同會人夫孫

Record Information

Source Institution:
SOAS, University of London
Rights Management:
This item is in the public domain. Please use in accord with Creative Commons license: Attribution-NonCommercial (CC BY-NC). High resolution digital master available from SOAS, University of London - the Digital Library Project Office.
Resource Identifier:
CWP 11 ( soas chinese woodblocks )