Signed: Ichiyusai Kuniyoshi ga and red kirimon seal
Publisher: Otaya Takichi
Censors: Kinugasa and Watanabe
Fine impression, colour and condition.
The diptych depicts the central scene of the kabuki drama the white fox of the Shinoda forest, represented at the Nakamuraza theater. The actor Bando Shuka, about to turn into a fox, writes with his mouth the farewell poem to her little son who she holds in her arms. The story comes from a celebrated puppet theater show, performed for the first time in 1734.
For another impression of the right sheet see Gunda Luyken e Beat Wismer, Samurai, Stars of the Stage and Beautiful Women. Kunisada and Kuniyoshi Masters of the Colour Woodblock Prints, exhibition catalogue, Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf, 2012; no. 55 pag. 73.