From the play Karukaya Doshin Tsukushi no Iezuto.
This actor portrait belongs to an untitled series started by Kunisada and completed by Yoshitora. Intended as a capstone to Kunisada's accomplished career, this series of okubi-e (big head prints) was held to the highest standards of printing, from rich colors to delicate embellishments. This impression is no exception with its subtle bokashi and deep blue background. This design can be found in two editions—one with a solid blue background, one with lighter color and gradation.