Summer Activities, a Pentaptych (Natsu no kôka gomai tsuzuki): Beauty Imitating Actor Iwai Hanshirô V
「夏ノ交加 五枚続」 （五代目岩井半四郎風の美人）
about 1804–18 (Bunka era)
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864)
Waseda db 002-1309; another sheet of the pentaptych: British Museum 1908,0718,0.25.1-5
Vertical ôban; 35.3 × 23.7 cm (13 7/8 × 9 5/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
One sheet of incomplete pentaptych.
Unidentified publisher’s mark.
No censor's seal
By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850–d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 19, 2005)
 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