An ōban print by Kunisada, with background by Sadamasu.
Signature of Sadamasu: Naniwa (Ōsaka) Sadamasu aratame (changing his name) Kunimasu ga.
Collection: Boston Museum.
The print forms part of the ōban series Edo murasaki goyūyo-jō (Fifty-four chapters of Edo purple), a Genji series designed by Kunisada and published in Edo by Moriya Jihei. The backgrounds of the prints are designed by Kunisada’s pupils.
This print shows a portrait of the actor Iwai Kumesaburō III. The scene refers to Usugumo, chapter 19 of the Genji Tale.