The actors Hagino Isaburo I and Sodesaki Iseno I

Torii Kiyomasu II
The actors Hagino Isaburo I and Sodesaki Iseno I
Woodblock print, urushi-e with hand applied colour, metallic powder and burnishing of the black
Vertical hosoban, 339 x 160 mm

Signed: Torii Kiyomasu hitsu

Fine impression, colour and condition.

Torii Kiyomasu II was a painter and print designer of the Torii school, a specialist, like the rest of the Torii artists, in billboards and other images for the promotion of the kabuki theaters. Scholars are unsure as to Kiyomasu II's relation to the original Kiyomasu who came a few decades earlier; they may have been close relations, or master and student, or they may have been the same man. His prints, like many at the time, were made largely using the urushi-e (lacquer print) and benizuri-e (rose print) methods; the lines or outlines of the prints themselves would often be in monochrome or a limited number of colors and the rest would be done by hand.