Portrait of Kirino Toshiaki

Portrait of Saigō Takamori

 Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Portrait of Kirino Toshiaki

by Hasegawa Sadanobu II, 1877

IHL Cat. #1172

About This Print

Issued towards the end of November 1877, approximately eight weeks after the end of the nine month Satsuma Rebellion (see the article Satsuma Rebellion and Saigō Takamori Prints), it portrays Kirino Toshiaki, Saigō Takamori's second in command, not in his former military uniform as a Major General in the new Meiji army (as Saigō is portrayed in the print Portrait of Saigō Takamori), but in his samurai regalia.  This is befitting as Kirino was known as a ferocious swordsman, one of the "Four Hitokiri of the Bakumatsu" [幕末四大人斬り]. Kirino was to be slain along with Saigō at the last battle of the rebellion at the end of September 1877.

undated photo of Kirino Toshiaki
(also known as Nakamura Hanjirō 中村 半次郎)

Print Details
 IHL Catalog
 Title or Description Portrait of Kirino Toshiaki 桐野利秋 (The Former Army Major General of the Fifth Court Rank 旧陸軍少将正五位)
 Series from an untitled series of portraits of former military figures
 Artist Hasegawa Sadanobu II (1848-1940)
ōjū Sadanobu hitsu with yin-yang seal
 Seal artist's yin-yang seal
 Writer of Text
 Publication Date November 21, 1877 御届明治十年十一月十二一日
Yasuda Yosaburō 安田與三郎 [Marks. ref. 619; no publisher seals shown] 
Right side of the cartouche shows the artist's 画工 personal name
 徳太朗 [Hasegawa Tokutarō] and address.

 Carver 彫工九市 [carver Kuichi]
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition good - backing partially removed; paper waviness due to partial removal of backing; trimmed to margins left, right and bottom; small tear top right
 Genre ukiyo-e; rekishi-e
 Format vertical oban
 H x W Paper 
 14 1/8 x 9 1/4 in. (35.9 x 23.5 cm) 

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