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清 趙之謙 牡丹 軸
Peonies

Artist:
Zhao Zhiqian (Chinese, 1829–1884)
Period:
Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
Date:
dated 1870
Culture:
China
Medium:
Hanging scroll; ink and color on paper
Dimensions:
33 1/2 x 16 1/2 in. (85.1 x 41.9 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Gift of Robert Hatfield Ellsworth, in memory of La Ferne Hatfield Ellsworth, 1986
Accession Number:
1986.267.29
Not on view
Signature: Zhao Zhiqian
Dated third month of 1870

Artist's seals: 1. Long Life seal of Guaji Zhao Zhiqian (square, white characters)
2. Dipamkara Buddha reborn into this tolerable world as an ordinary man (square, red characters)

Artist's inscription: Colophon mounted on top of painting:
I used to live in Peking. During that time, Weishu made plans to come to the North. For eight or nine years we had heard of each other, but had never met. I had never asked him for a painting or even a single character. After he died, I started to collect his painting and calligraphy. This is also a good way to show my respect for him. No one can say I am not his intimate friend.
Twelfth month, 1895
Hu Shiweng (Hu Yizan, 1831–?)

Calligrapher's seal: Done by Shicha in his 65th year (square, red characters)
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