Inscribed by the artist on one leaf:
[Painted] in the winter of the yiwei year, the twenty-first year of the Guangxu era [November 1895 – February 1896], Xugu
Comments by Jacqueline Chao, 2013:
Inscribed by the artist Xu Gu on the last painted leaf:
"[Painted] in the winter of the yiwei year, the twenty-first year of the Guangxu era [November 1895 – February 1896], Xu Gu." The calligraphic inscriptions are each signed by Chen Xiuyu in variations of “Chen Xiuyu”, “Xiuyu”, or his style name “Xingbai”. Two of Chen’s calligraphic inscriptions are dated to the year dingyou (1897), summer, fifth month.
Xu Gu 虛谷
Chen Xiuyu 陳修榆
Liu Songfu 劉松甫
Each leaf: 30.5 × 36.3 cm (12 × 14 1/4 in.)
Gift of Florence Ayscough and Harley Farnsworth MacNair
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Zaixin Hong, “Florence Ayscough: Pioneer Promoter of Modern Chinese Painting in America”, Collectors, Collections & Collecting the Arts of China: Histories & Challenges; ed. Steuber, Jason with Guolong Lai ( University Press of Florida, 2014), p.121
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-22, 23, 24, No. A 3–070.
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