Kiyochika: Lieutenant Mano Ganjirô
Artist: Kobayashi Kiyochika
Title: Lieutenant Mano Ganjirô
Series: Mirror of Army and Navy Heroes (Rikkai gunjin kômyô kagami)
Date: 1895, April
“Lieutenant Mano Ganjirô of the Ninth Torpedo.” Lt. Ganjirô seems to be piloting a very small craft, or perhaps we are seeing the small front end of a much larger craft. The number “nine” (kyu) can be seen painted on the craft. He seems to be aiming a cannon of some sort. We see an explosion in the distance and dramatic sea all around. This is a rather rare series depicting various “heroes” from the Sino-Japanese War.
Condition: Very good impression, color and condition. Backing remnants verso.
Publisher: Inoue Kichijirô
Literature: See website of MIT “Visualizing Cultures” and MFA collection website.
Seal: Arists’s seals “Kiyo”, “Chika”