Inscription: Artist’s inscription and signature (6 columns in semi-cursive script)
Not being fish, how does one know their happiness?
We can only take an idea and make it into a painting.
To probe the subtleties of the ordinary,
We must describe the indescribable.
Painted in the mid-spring of the xinmao year in the Zhiyuan reign era  by Zhou Dongqing of Linjiang.
Unidentified artist, 1 column in standard script, undated (mounted on brocade wrapper):
Wu Rongguang 吳榮光 (1773–1843), 13 columns in semi-cursive script, dated 1836; 1 seal:
信國卒於至元十九年壬午，此卷是信國卒後九年所作。所題東卿畫魚詩乃別本，非此卷也。然可見東卿此卷為晚年所作矣。其自題一絕，於濠上更有悟入處。道光丙申九月吳榮光記。 [印]： 拜經老人
Qing emperor Qianlong 清帝乾隆 (r. 1736–95)
Wu Yuanhui 伍元蕙 (active mid-19th c.)
Gu Linshi 顧麟士 (1865–1930)
 Trans. Wen C. Fong, Beyond Representation: Chinese Painting and Calligraphy 8th–14th Century. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1992, p. 380.
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