Act five By Kitagawa, Utamaro. Godanme Print for a scene from Act 5 of the Chushingura which shows the robber Sadakuro holding a sword at the throat of Yoichibei, an elderly man, as he robs him and then kills him. In the background, Kampei, holding a rifle, shoots at a wild boar, but kills Sadakuro instead.
It is generally agreed that he started his career as a pupil of the painter Toriyama Sekien. His early known works are actor portraits and theater programs.Since 1791 Utamaro concentrated his work on single portraits of women. He took his models from the street or from the pleasure district Yoshiwara. The stories of his love affairs with the ladies of the "licensed quarters" are said to be abundant.