Portrait of Saigō Takamori

The Huge Win of the Armed Forces

 Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Portrait of Saigō Takamori

by Hasegawa Sadanobu II, 1877

Portrait of Kirino Toshiaki

IHL Cat. #1171

About This Print

Issued in the beginning of November 1877, approximately six weeks after the end of the nine month Satsuma Rebellion (see the article Satsuma Rebellion and Saigō Takamori Prints) and the death of its leader, Saigō Takamori, this print portrays Saigō decked out in all his military finery from the days when he was one of the most powerful men in the new Meiji government. While it was not until the end of February 1889 that Saigō, the rebel, received his official state pardon and the restoration of his imperial court rank, he and his top commanders were portrayed as heroes by print makers and their publishers as soon as the rebellion was crushed.

undated postcard

Print Details
 IHL Catalog
 Title or Description Portrait of Saigō Takamori 西郷隆盛像 (The Former Army General Senior Grade of the Third Court Rank旧陸軍大将正三位)
 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 5, 1877 御届明治十年十一月五日
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.
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition good - backing partially removed; paper waviness due to partial removal of backing; trimmed to margins left and bottom
 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) 
 H x W Image 

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