The summer scene from a set representing the four seasons, based on votive paintings donated to the shrine by local artisans in spring 1839. The other three are represented by hanging scroll paintings in the MFA collection, 11.4610 (fall), 11.7579 (spring), and 11.7580 (winter).
Kôchôrô Kunisada ga 香蝶楼国貞画
Censor's seal: kiwame 改印: 極
By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 - d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: August 3, 1911) NOTES:  Much of Bigelow's collection of Asian art was formed during his residence in Japan between 1882 and 1889, although he also made acquisitions in Europe and the United States. Bigelow deposited many of these objects at the MFA in 1890 before donating them to the Museum's collection at later dates.
William Sturgis Bigelow Collection
Japanese, Edo period, about 1839 (Tenpô 10)
- Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III), Japanese, 1786–1864
- Publisher Tsuruya Kiemon (Senkakudô), Japanese
On the print series and related paintings: Izzard, Kunisada's World (1993), pp. 32-3 and 166-7
Vertical ôban; 37.7 x 25.5 cm (14 13/16 x 10 1/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper