Shiga Daishichi is the villain who kills Matsushita Mikinoshin. Written by Sakurada Jisuke, the drama centers on the avenging of the death of Mikinoshin by his daughters Shinobu and Miyagino. Sharaku's minimal use of color and the dark mica background emphasize the ferocious portrayal of Daishichi by Komazo III whom Sharaku immortalizes here. Komazo went on to succeed Matsumoto Koshiro V in 1801 and to be top actor of 1834.
For other impressions see Yamaguchi Keizaburo, Sharaku, vol. 7 of Ukiyo-e taikei (Tokyo: Shueisha, 1973), pl. 14 (Hiraki Ukiyo-e Museum, Yokohama); Narazaki Muneshige and Yamaguchi Keizaburo, Daiei hakubutsukan/The British Museum..., vol. 11 of Ukiyo-e shuka (Tokyo: Shogakukan, 1979), pl. 5 (The British Museum, London); Narazaki Muneshige, ed., Daiei hakubutsukan II (The British Museum II), vol. 2 of Hizo ukiyo-e taikan/Ukiyo-e Masterpieces in European Collections (Tokyo: Kodansha, 1987), pl. 209; Yamaguchi Keizaburo, Sharaku no zembo (Tokyo: Tokyo Shoseki, 1994), pl. 12 (British Museum, London). Other impressions are in the collections of the Musée National des Arts Asiatiques-Guimet, Paris; Kunsthalle, Bremen; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; The Art Institute of Chicago; Philadelphia Museum of Art; Collections Baur, Genève; Tokyo National Museum.