Utagawa Kunihisa (歌川国久) (artist )

Portrait of the actor Iwai Kiyotarō II (岩井喜代太郎) in a kabuki role


ca 1798
9.5 in x 14.5 in (Overall dimensions) Japanese color woodblock print

Signed: Toyokuni monjin Kunihisa ga
'Kunihisa, pupil of Toyokuni, drew this picture'
Publisher: Tsuruya Kinsuke (Marks 554 - seal 06-002)

The floral pattern appearing three times on the dark brown robe is this artist's mon or crest. It shows up in slight variations on other prints of this actor even when performing in female roles. It also appears on the robes when acting under the name Ichikawa Yaozō IV. (JSV)
Tsuruya Kinsuke (鶴屋金助) (publisher)
actor prints (yakusha-e - 役者絵) (genre)
Iwai Kiyotarō II (二代目岩井喜世太郎) (actor)