Signature: Shitao wrote this inscription:
The days when I go climbing are few now and my walking staff no longer helps me. . . . When you were young, I was already in my prime; but suddenly, you are a man and I am old. The passage of time plays tricks on people; like mist or the moon, it cannot be trusted. The future is like a cloud or traces of decaying grass, how can one fathom it?
Artist's signature: Qingxiang xiudi Ruoji, followed by two seals: Ruoji (square, intaglio) and Qingxiang Shitao (rectilinear, intaglio); another seal with the legend "Lingding laoren" (square, relief) impressed in lower right corner of the painting.
Inscription: Mounted to the left of artist's inscription: label with colophon by Zhu Lunhan (1680–1760), praising the artist's three-fold achievement in poetry, painting and calligraphy. Zhu's label has given rise to another title for the painting" Unexcelled Threefold" [Sanjue tu].
Zhu Lunhan (1680–1760): two seals: Lunhan zhi zhang (square, intaglio); Hanzhai (square, intaglio).
Marking: Collectors' seals:
He Guanwu: 1. He Guanwu (square, relief); 2. Tianqi shu wu jiancang (rectilinear, relief); 3. Guanwu qingshang (square, intaglio).
Zhang Daqian (three seals)
Unidentified: 1. Yuoyuo rongyi (square, relief); 2. Xiahua Tang Yuo kaocang (rectilinear, relief).