Signature: Inscription of the artist:
High hill pines, firs,
blue stubby growth
by the torrent bamboos green
stretch of evening mist
the bridge lets through a narrow road
it runs between hedges
wind stirs the plantains
a hush that freshens feeling.
A spring day in the year jimao (1699). In the wind and rain I enjoy having no guiest come by. My idle mind is calm. what your old friend calls one-stroke painting a thousand hills, ten thousand ravines, people, bamboo, trees—one stroke, and there it is! Submitted to "Mr. Tree" [requesting] his learned instruction, by his younger brother.
Signature: "1699 spring, a rainy and windy day, no visitor, my hand is free and my mind calm. An old saying: 'one brush painting' (yibihua), thousands of mountains and ravines, men and houses, all completed by one brush. To Mr. Yusan, your junior, Shitao Yuanji.
One artist's seal next to the signature: Shitao.
Marking: Collectors' seals:
Pan Zhengwei (1791–1850, 1 seal
Liang Huiwu (20th century), 1 seal
John M. Crawford, Jr., 2 seals
Unidentified, 3 seals
There are two collectors' seals on the left reading "Liang Huiwu's seal" and "Tianjin Gallery", and six collector's seals on the right; from left to right, two seals which read "Guluofu" and "Hanguang Gallery", both belonging to John M. Crawford, Jr; on the next line a small long seal reading "In the Precious collection of Chungyu Gallery" and on the last line, at the top is an unidentified old seal; below it is one reading "Real joy of Pinghu" and at the bottom, one reading "Brush and Ink of Jitong (Pan Zhengwei).