An Oral Account of the Subjugation of Kagoshima, 1877 - Terrific scene from the Satsuma Rebellion depicting the rebel leader Saigo Takamori and a group of young recruits at an encampment. Saigo stands at right dressed in a black military uniform adorned with gold braid, wearing gray gloves and holding a cane. He looks over his shoulder with a sad expression as several of the young boys cry, their friends consoling them. At left, one boy solicitously takes his companion by the arm as he wipes tears from his eye with his hand. In the center a boy dressed in green places his hand protectively on a younger boy's shoulder as the child bends forward in grief. A retainer kneels at right holding Saigo's plumed black hat, an overstuffed red armchair behind him. Smoke rises from a bonfire, drifting off into the gray night sky, a full moon glowing softly at left. An intriguing scene with beautifully expressive figures and an atmospheric setting.
Artist - Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)
Image Size - 13 7/8" x 28 1/8" + top margin as shown
Condition - Finely printed with sharp, crisp detail. From a well preserved, almost untouched collection of Yoshitoshi senso-e. Not backed, three separate prints. Nice surface condition, smooth and not rubbed. Overall very good.