Kunisada: Tattooed Actor
Artist: Utagawa Kunisada
Title: Tattooed Actor
Series: Six Selected Flowers (Mitate rokkasen)
Date: 1863, 7th month
“Hibiscus” (Fuyô): The actor Sawamura Tosshô II seems to be drying himself off on a hot summer day. His humorous comparison (mitate) to the hibiscus flower in the inset cartouche is not immediately evident to the modern viewer. Note the transparency of the summer fabric that he is draped in. Printed on deluxe, heavy paper.
Condition: Excellent impression, color and condition. Mint.
Publisher: Iseya Kanekichi
Literature: See MFA for example
Seal: Boar 7 aratame
Signature: Konomi ni makase nanajû hachi sai Toyokuni hitsu (brush of Toyokuni at 78 years old)