Ichimura Kakitsu IV as a Fireman, 1860 - Terrific kabuki portrait of Ichimura Kakitsu IV as a fireman, hurrying through the night to fight a fire. He wears a beautiful quilted robe patterned with a colorful phoenix with long tail feathers over a black under garment, tied with a rust dotted sash. A blue and white cloth is knotted around his forehead, a few loose hairs blowing alongside his face. Behind him, men carry glowing lanterns through the darkness as ashes and embers blow over head. A great design with intricate detail in the quilting and a spattering of hand-applied red pigment to simulate the embers.
Artist - Yoshitsuya (1822 - 1866)
Image Size - 13 1/2" x 9 1/2"
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Very slight paper remnants on reverse at edges from previous mounting. Slight toning. Writing in red on background. Please see photos for details.