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Conté portrait of the Emperor Meiji, drawn by Chiossone during his employment by the Imperial Printing Bureau: Chiossone was ordered to covertly sketch the emperor and create the final portrait from those sketches. The completed work was then photographed and distributed under the tacit approval of the Emperor to foreign governments and Japanese schools. The realism of the drawing was such that many mistook the portrait for an actual photograph.

Date 1888
Source (1999-November) 天皇四代の肖像 (Tenno Yondai No Shozo), Tokyo, Japan: 毎日新聞社 (Mainichi Shinbun Sha) ISBN: 4620605549.
Author Artist: Eduardo Chiossone (1833–98); Photographer: Maruki Riyō (also misspelt as Maruki Toshiaki)


Public domain This photographic image was published before December 31st 1956, or photographed before 1946, under jurisdiction of the Government of Japan. Thus this photographic image is considered to be public domain according to article 23 of old copyright law of Japan and article 2 of supplemental provision of copyright law of Japan.
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  1. a b Keene, Donald (2002) "Chapter 40" in Emperor of Japan: Meiji and His World, 1852–1912, New York, United States: Columbia University Press, pp. p. 417 Retrieved on 17 January 2011. ISBN: 0-231-12340-X.
  2. なぜ、明治神宮には狛犬がないのですか? (in Japanese). Meiji shrine.
  3. a b Fujitani, Takashi (1998) [1996] "The Monarchy in Modernity" in Splendid Monarchy: Power and Pageantry in Modern Japan, California, United States: University of California Press, pp. p. 177 Retrieved on 17 January 2011. ISBN: 0-520-21371-8.
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