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Inscription by the painter at the upper right：
林堂竹樹藹交陰 求友嚶鳴亦好音 絃誦諸生時列坐 邑中宓子但鳴琴 七月廿三日寫林堂詩思圖並詩以遺 又新茂才 瓚
In a forest pavilion, bamboo and trees give thickly overlapping shade,
Seeking friends crying "ying," I too am fond of music.
Reciting to strings, gathered scholars are from time to time arranged and seated,
In his district, Master Fu had only to play the qin.
On the twenty-fourth day fo the seventh month, I sketched [this] painting of "Poetic Thoughts in a Forest Pavilion," and wrote the poem in order to leave it behind for the multi-talented Youxin [possibly Tang Pan]. Zan.
Collectors seals from left to right, top tobottom: 湖颿（帆）鑑賞，王氏季遷珍藏之印，胡鼻山，雨心館主，平安橋主，濟民珍秘，□硯樓藏，墨緣堂 ，王時敏印
124 × 50.5 cm (48 7/8 × 19 15/16 in.)
Kate S. Buckingham Endowment; purchased with funds provided by of the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation
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Little, Stephen, “Chinese Paintings in the Art Institute of Chicago,” Arts of Asia, vol. 29, no. 3, 1999, p. 48, fig. 3.
Siren, Osvald, Chinese Painting: Leading Masters and Principles, 7 vols. London: Lund Humphries, 1955-1958, vol. 3, pl. 99B.
Suzuki Kei, ed., Chugoku kaiga sogo zuroku, 5 vols, Tokyo: University of Tokyo, 1982, vol. 1, pl. A14-015.
Comprehensive Illustrated Catalog of Chinese Paintings: Third Series, Vol. 1 American and Canadian Collections 1, Research Field of Art, East Asian Department, Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia, The University of Tokyo, by University of Tokyo Press, 2013; page I-28, No. A 3–097.
Wang, C. C. “Ni Yunlin zhi hua” (“The Paintings of Ni Yunlin [Ni Zan]”), National Palace Museum Quarterly, vol. 1, no. 3, Taipei: January 1967, pl. 20.
Yiyuan duoying, vol. 38, Shanghai, 1988, p. 16.
Stephen Little, “Poetic Thoughts in a Forest Pavilion,” Art Institute of Chicago Museum Studies 30, 1 (2004), pp. 38-39 (color ills.).
Asia Society, Archives of Asian Art, (1997-1998), p. 101.
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