The actor depicted in this print, Ichikawa Masuzo, came from the famed Ichikawa acting lineage. In this image, he plays the part of Shintokumaru - the only child of Lord Nobuyoshi and the protagonist of a tale of karma, lovesickness, and Buddhist devotion.
An image of three older women and two young girls standing together outside of a building. The woman to the left wears a plain kimono of black stripes and a green obi. The two women in the center wear layered kimono of orange shades, with the woman on the right wearing star burst designs and the woman on the left wearing a fan and flower design. The two young girls also wear kimono of orange and a different style of star burst pattern. In the background is a scene of trees and a pond.
This image reveals a group of Yoshiwara courtesans. The woman with the fan pattern is the highest ranking courtesan. The woman to her left is her junior, wearing a kimono decorated with stylized stars. This pattern is slightly altered and repeated on the kimono of the two child attendants. The woman in the black-and-white striped kimono is a maid.