After Wang Xianzhi's (344–385) Foxglove Broth Letter
Wen Peng (Chinese, 1498–1573)
Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
Folding fan mounted as an album leaf; ink on gold paper
6 x 19 in. (15.2 x 48.3 cm)
Bequest of John M. Crawford Jr., 1988
Not on view
Signature: Signed, dated 1567, one artist's seal
The text Wen Peng has written out is not his own composition, but a letter written by Wang Xianzhi (344–388) to an unidentified friend. It reads: My new wife seems to have improved a little since she took a dose of foxglove broth, but her eating and sleeping are still not good. I just can't quit worrying. I think I must touch upon the matter which you discussed before. How come master Xie has not yet returned? To engage oneself or withdraw can't be explained. So I commit my question to writing. [Trans. Marc F. Wilson/ Kuan S. Wong]
Marking: Collectors' seals: John M. Crawford, Jr. Unidentifed, 1 seal
John M. Crawford Jr. , New York (until d. 1988; bequeathed to MMA)
Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. "Late Wu School Painting and Calligraphy," September 14, 1984–October 28, 1984.
Fort Worth. Kimbell Art Museum. "Late Wu School Painting and Calligraphy," December 2, 1984–January 27, 1985.