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清 任頤 動物花鳥 冊頁八開
Animals, Flowers and Birds

Artist:
Ren Yi (Ren Bonian) (Chinese, 1840–1896)
Period:
Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
Date:
19th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Album of eight leaves; ink and color on paper
Dimensions:
10 3/16 x 12 3/4 in. (25.9 x 32.4 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Gift of Robert Hatfield Ellsworth, in memory of La Ferne Hatfield Ellsworth, 1986
Accession Number:
1986.267.47a–h
Not on view
Signature: a) signed: Bonian Ren Yi, painted at Shanghai; seal: Seal of Yi (square, white characters)

b) seal: Seal of Yi (square, white characters)

c) seal: Seal of Yi (square, white characters)

d) seal: Seal of Yi (square, white characters); inscription: Painted by Bonian

e) seal: Seal of Yi (square, white characters)

f) seal: Seal of Yi (square, white characters)

g) seal: Seal of Yi (square, white characters)

h) signature: Bonian; seal: Seal of Yi (square white characters); inscription:
"The cold moon is lost in a bit of shadow.
Desolate sounds reach the pavilion at dusk.
Shining, a look at the pagoda tells it is already upon us
and spurs the oarsman to row us in on the tide of the stream."

"Hanwan hadn't visited me for a long time. Finally on the 16th of the 8th month, we were able to get together. At the time I was in my boat and about to leave all the hustle and bustle. Hanwan would not stay, but came along with me toward the south. My house is fifty miles (Chinese) from the city. I usually make the trip alone and fine that except for flipping through a book, there's nothing to do but nap. But this time we boiled crabs and water chestnuts, and shared wine with Hanwan. We also had a delightful conversation. Oblivious to the boat's travel, I glanced around and found we had arrived. The city's outer limits could still barely be seen in the distance. So I have made this poem for you to keep and have written it on this fan to record our good meeting."

[Trans. by J. Chaves and adapted by M. Wilson and K.S. Wong. FWCM]

Marking: Collectors' seals: Robert Hatfield Ellsworth (each leaf)
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