Publisher - Adachi from a rare series of Edo masterwork designs. Adachi publisher seal in margin or on reverse.
Adachi was one of the most respected publishers of the 20th century. Their woodblocks were printed to the highest standards with excellent color and fine detail. Founded in 1925, Adachi also chose interesting and varied subjects for their prints and was the only publisher of many famous old ukiyo-e images.
Comments - Fine kabuki portrait of the actor Matsumoto Koshiro IV in the role of the traveler Banzui Chobei, pausing in front of a stone wall with his hand on the hilt of his sword, ready to draw. His mantle is thrown over one shoulder in preparation for a possible fight. A nice expressive image, done under Hokusai's early artist name of Shunro.
Artist - Hokusai (1760 - 1849)
Image Size - 12 1/2" x 5 1/2" + margins as shown
Condition - Excellent overall with no issues to report.