Scholars Asano Shugo and Timothy Clark remark that puppet and kabuki plays featuring the lovers here are based on the play Meido no hikyaku by Chikamatsu Monzaemon. In a related print published by Omiya Gonkuro the lovers are shown three-quarter length under an umbrella as they escape to Chubei's village in Yamato province. See Asano Shugo and Timothy Clark, The Passionate Art of Kitagawa Utamaro (Tokyo and London: Asahi Shimbunsha and Trustees of the British Museum, 1995), pl. 294. A printing with a different pattern on Umegawa's obi (Museum of Fine Arts, Boston) is thought to be earlier.
Other impressions are held in the Huguette Berès Collection and the New York Public Library. For the impression in the British Museum see Asano and Clark, op cit., pl. 303.