Report on the Actual Condition at the Battlefield

Japanese Color Woodblock Print 

Report on the Actual Condition at the Battlefield

by Kobayashi Toshimitsu, 1877


IHL Cat. #447

About This Print

Military, police and government officials are observing a map depicting the regions of conflict in Satsuma province where the Satsuma Rebellion 西南戦争 [or the Seinan Sensō (Southwestern War)] is raging.  In September 1877, when this print was published, disgruntled samurai under the charismatic leadership of ex-Meiji official and samurai Saigō Takamori 西郷 隆盛 had been waging war against the imperial government for almost nine months.  However, on September 24, 1877 the war would end with the decimation of Saigo's army at the Battle of Shiroyama and Saigo's death.

Pictured in the print are Sanjo Sanetome (1837-1891), Prime Minister (left panel, holding sword); Okubo Toshimichi (1830-1878), Minister of the Interior (center panel under red cartouche); Count Ito Hirobuni 伊藤 博文 (1841– 1909) (center panel, right most figure); and Kawaji Toshiyoshi 川路利良 (1834-1879), Chief of the National Police (right panel under red cartouche).

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Print Details

 IHL Catalog  #447
 Title  Report on the Actual Condition at the Battlefield (Senchi jitsukyō bunsō no zu  戰地実況聞奏之図)*
 Artist
 Kobayashi Toshimitsu (active 1876–1904)
 Signature
應需 進斎 蛾 ōju Shinsai ga [reading of 進斎 is not confirmed]
 Seal  斎 Shinsai
 Date  September 21, 1877 (Meiji 10)
 Publisher

画工 古林栄成 [artist Kobayashi Eisei]
猿樂町二丁目三番地 [artist's address]

出版人 山中市兵衛 [publisher Yamanaka Ichibei]
[publisher's address]

 Carver  
 Impression  excellent
 Colors  excellent
 Condition  fair - three sheets joined with minor losses at joining, full-size sheets, repair of red tablecloth in center panel
 Genre  ukiyo-e senso-e
 Miscellaneous
 Format  vertical oban triptych
 H x W Paper  14 1/2 x 29 1/4 in. (36.8 x 74.7 cm)
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* This translation of the title was provided by Guy Pepermans on the Ukiyo-e Q&A website forum.
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