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A Summer Scene of Beauties (Natsu keshiki bijin awase)

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Triptych: 11.17917 (right), 11.17965 (left), 11.17966 (center)


Poem by Shinshi Kikaku: Asagao no/ saku ya rokugatsu/ hototogisu 朝顔の 咲くや六月 ほととぎす 晋子其角


Eisen hitsu (on right sheet), Keisai Eisen hitsu (on center and left sheets) 英泉筆 渓斎英泉筆


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: [1] 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.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection

Japanese, Edo period, 1810s

Catalogue Raisonné

Hizô Ukiyo-e taikan/Ukiyo-e Masterpieces in European Collections 11, Museo d'Arte Orientale, Genoa, II (1989), pl. 100 (complete triptych)


Vertical ôban triptych; 37.2 x 77.4 cm (14 5/8 x 30 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

11.17917, 11.17965, 11.17966

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper