Saigô Surveys Mount Hanaoka (Saigô Hanaokayama junken), from the series News from Kagoshima (Kagoshima shinshi no uchi)

「鹿児島 新誌内 西郷花岡山巡見」

Japanese
Meiji era
1877 (Meiji 10)
Artist Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (Japanese, 1839–1892)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban diptych

Accession Number

11.21586-7

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Diptych (two sheets of incomplete triptych): 11.21586 (right), 11.21587 (left)

Inscription

賊首西郷ハ私怨を以て官軍に抗し其鉾先頗る尖しといへども鎮兵また孫呉に富ミ斯の如き軍略を施し其賊を懲す(こらす)嗚呼未曾有の大撃戦實に肝膽(かんたん)を寒からしむ       松村春輔記

右図:第四隊大将桐野利秋・平山新助・松永清之進・永山九成

中図:第二隊大将西郷隆盛

左図:永山矢一・西郷小平・篠原国幹・池上四郎・別府新介・高城十二・野村十郎大・児玉八之進・山口小右衛門

Signed

(signature on missing left sheet)

Provenance

By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 – d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: August 3, 1911)

NOTES:
[1] Much of Bigelow's collection of Asian art was formed during his residence in Japan between 1882 and 1889, although he also made acquisitions in Europe and the United States. Bigelow deposited many of these objects at the MFA in 1890 before donating them to the Museum's collection at later dates.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection