Inscription: A four character inscription in the lower left corner of the composition which reads "Painted by Yan Wengui" is written in the same ink an spidery brush style as the branchwork of the trees, but the sophisticated and easy evocation of space and extremely conventionalized brushwork reveal this to be an early recreation of the Yan style.
Appended to the painting is a valuable series of late Yuan colophons important both as early specimens of calligraphy and as evidence for the recreation of literati circles in the Suzhou area during the middle and late 14th century. Dated inscriptions by Ni Zan and Luo Guang, two prominent scholar-artists of the time are particularly valuable.
On the painting:
Qianlong emperor (r. 1736–95): 12 lines running script, dated autumn, 1771
Anonymous: 1 line of regular script, "Painted by Yan Wengui"
Following the painting:
Xu Fu (14th century): 6 lines clerical script
Zhuwen (14th century): 4 lines regular script
Ni Zan (1301–1374): 4 lines regular script, dated 1369
Luo Guang (ca. 1300–ca. 1371): 2 lines regular script, dated 1369
Qian Weishan (14th c.): 5 lines regular script
Luo Guang (ca. 1300–ca. 1371): 12 lines regular script dated 1371
Bao Xun (14th c.): 7 lines running script
Gao Sunzhi (14th c.): 7 lines regular script
Ruoyun (14th c.): 3 lines regular script
Luo Heng (14th c.): 6 lines running script
Xiao Gui (14th c.): 15 lines regular script
Liu Kan (14th c.): 13 lines running script
Huang Shou (Ming): 8 lines cursive script, dated 1622
Yuan Kai (17th c.): 6 lines regular script, dated 1635
Xiang Yuanbian (1525–1590): 2 lines running script dated 1557