The battleship Oslyabya was the last ship built by the Russian Empire destined for the Far East during the Russo-Japanese War. The Oslyabya was part of a fleet that showcased the state of 19th-century technology — it was an all-steel behemoth equipped with the latest in wireless telegraphy from German company Telefunken and a bevy of heavy weaponry that focused on speed and range rather than variety of size and prowess. On May 27th 1905 the Oslyabya earned another title, albeit unfortunate — it was the first all-steel battleship to be sunk solely by gunfire. The sinking of the Oslyabya would be one of many casualties suffered by the Russian Navy during the two-day battle in Tsushima Strait, an event that would lead to the Treaty of Portsmouth, ending the war four months later.
Swiss-based illustrator Jared Muralt teamed up with print house Info•Rama to tell the story of The Battle of Tsushima through the sinking of the Oslyabya. This naval battle is more than a simple minor historical footnote, it was the beginning of a new era of modern battleship design. The Oslyaba stood as a symbol of expert craftsmanship and strength, yet once sunk in the waters between Korea and Japan it marked the retreat of the Russian’s expansionist goals in the Far East and brought Japan out of its isolationist slumber, and for his role in the treaty negotiations, U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize, giving the United States credibility as a leader in world diplomacy. This trio of events in 1905 would echo deep into the global timeline. The public shaming of Russia, the rise of Japan, and the diplomatic heroics of the United States would forever change the dynamics of the world stage.
Muralt’s illustration displays the juxtaposition of strength and failure within the skeletal hull of the Oslyabya. The print is a brilliant summarizing of a complicated moment in world history and working within the concept of the Info•Rama brand, Muralt’s design speaks of the battleship’s place in history through a tightly composed infographic.
Muralt’s ‘The Battle of Tsushima‘ will debut on October 22nd at MondoCon 2016 at the Info•Rama booth.
Remaining copies will be in the Info•Rama Store shortly after.
Jared Muralt will have an edition of APs available.
‘The Battle Of Tsushima’ by Jared Muralt
24″ x 18″ Screen Print | 7 Colors on 100lb Cream French Paper
Limited Edition of 120
Commemorative Embroidered Patch with first 50 Prints