Signature: Xuanghongan Yansun Xu Cao painted at Wanhua Pavilion
Artist's inscription: I have seen a handscroll of figures by Du Shengzhu [Du Jin, 15th century] done with rapid, perfect brushstrokes. It is a treasure. I tried to follow his style. Clumsy or not, I don't care. I am being presumptuous.
Artist's seals: 1. Yansun (square, red characters)
2. Xu Cao (square, white characters)
Artist's colophon: This is old, my work of twenty years ago. When I saw a handscroll of Drunken Immortals done by Du Shengzhu on the street of galleries, I liked the rapid brushwork which is natural inspired. I did not want to leave it behind, so as soon as I came home I did this handscroll using Du Shengzhu's brush method. I would like to say it comes from my mind, rather than from the old master. Wang Xiangjing, one of my friends loved it, so I gave it to him. That was twenty years ago. Time flies by as if in a dream. Xiangzhai and I grew old in Peking. One day we met by chance and had a short talk. Both were please with our conversation. Later Xiangzhai came to my place and showed me this handscroll. Since he was going to give it to Lin Hoda, he asked me to write a colophon. Mr. Lin appreciated this handscroll so much and he really understands my work. Mr. Wang is not along in this world.
Mid autumn of 1958; Yansun Xu Cao added this at Huangwa Dongmen.
Artist's seals: 1. Yansun (square, white characters)
2. Xu Cao (square, half-red characters, half-white)
Marking: Collectors' seals: Robert Hatfield Ellsworth (three)