This portrait depicts one of the two sisters, Miyagino and Shinobu, who sought revenge for the murder of their father by Shiga Daishichi. The character appeared in “A Medley of Tales of Revenge (katakiuchi noriaibanashi)”, performed at the Kiri-za Theather in May 1794 (Kansei 6). This portrait illustrates Shinobu, who became a prostitute named Kewaizaka Shosho to search for the enemy. This is one of the most moderate depictions of an onnagata (male actor of female roles in kabuki). This is because of Yonesaburo’s immatureness (he was supposedly 21 at the time of this portrait), and Sharaku’s decision to depict his youth as it is. Namely, it is not an exaggeration to say that Sharaku does not illustrates the irregular attributes of the actors, but instead the realism of the actors on the stage, as proved by this portrait. Also, with the seriousness around the eyes and mouth, Sharaku artfully depicts the heart of the daughter seeking the enemy who killed her father. The color tone is unique as well: the kimono with hemp leaves in radish-brown, another layer of kimono with a shell pattern in light crimson, and the flash of the crimson underwear from the inside of the pocket. These are not only colorful and cheerful, but add contrast to the large black belt. Furthermore, the diagonal line of the cigarette held with the left hand balances the portrait.
Yonesaburo Matsumoto was a child of Ayame Yoshizawa IV, another onnagata, and became an adopted son of Kojiro Matsumoto who was an apprentice of Koshiro Matsumoto II, after which he took the name of Yonesaburo. During the Kansei period, he was a very popular onnagata; however, he died in June 1805 (Bunka 2) when he was only 31 years old.