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Summer Section (Natsu no bu), from the series Modern Views of the Four Seasons (Tôsei shiki no nagame)

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Triptych: 11.15155 (center), 11.15174 (left), 11.15219 (right)


Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet) 豊国画(年玉枠)


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, 1856 (Ansei 3), 3rd month

Catalogue Raisonné

Marks et al., Genji's World (2012), list #G336-01, pl. 15


Vertical ôban triptych

Accession Number

11.15155, 11.15174, 11.15219

Medium or Technique

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