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Snow on the Desk Terrace

  • Description

    Weng Tonghe was from Changshu, Jiangsu province. He had a successful political career, and became the tutor of Qing dynasty emperors Tongzhi (r. 1861-1875) and Guangxu (r. 1875-1908). He is, however, also known for his calligraphy. The inscription on this painting reads: ‘The album of sixteen leaves on the remains of Mount Yu is the real original work of Shigu xiansheng [aka Wang Hui (1632-1717)]. I have painted copies over ten times, but never got a satisfying one. [For] the current copy, [I] shut my doors for months, and there was absolutely no distracting noise. [I] look at [it and feel that] although the brushwork and colours do not follow the regulations of painting, [I] have managed to get a slightly similar appearance.’

  • Details

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    Asia China (place of creation)
    AsiaChina Jiangsu province (Mount Yu) (subject)
    Weng Tonghe (1830 - 1904) (artist)
    after Wang Hui (1632 - 1717) (artist)
    Material and technique
    ink and colour on paper
    mount 32.2 x 41.1 cm (height x width)
    painting 27.4 x 34.3 cm (height x width)
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    Purchased, 1966.
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  • Further reading

    Vainker, Shelagh, Chinese Paintings in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2000), no. 134 on p. 153, illus. p. 154 fig. 134a

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  • Chinese Paintings in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford by Shelagh Vainker

    Chinese Paintings in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

    Weng Tonghe was from Changshu in Jiangsu province. He came top in the public examinations of 1856 and was rewarded with numerous high ranking official positions. In 1898 he retired from public life. He was a skilled calligrapher, and also a writer; his poetry and diaries are published.

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