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Painting - Visiting a friend in the mountains

Visiting a friend in the mountains

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    China (made)

  • Date:

    1550-1600 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    unknown (production)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Ink and colours on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Herbert John Sharples

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  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

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This large scale hanging scroll was probably painted in the second half of the 16th century at the end of the Ming dynasty (1368-1644). It depicts a gentleman accompanied by his servant approaching a cottage in the mountains to pay a visit to a friend. The work is signed at the bottom right hand corner by Li Zhaodao (active during the Tang dynasty, about AD 670-730) and bears the seals and inscriptions of some important connoisseurs, like Ke Jusi (1290-1343) and Wen Zhengming (1470-1559).
The painting is clearly a product of the Ming dynasty and the artist did not make any attempts to imitate a Tang dynasty style. Ming collectors were likely to pay more attention to the authenticating inscriptions and seals on the painting rather than its style, and the forger probably took more care in imitating them than a real Tang work.

Place of Origin

China (made)


1550-1600 (made)


unknown (production)

Materials and Techniques

Ink and colours on paper


Height: 177.8 cm, Width: 98.5 cm, Height: 205.2 cm including frame, Width: 113.5 cm including frame, Depth: 5.4 cm including frame

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Painting, ink and colours on paper, China, Ming dynasty, ca. 1550-1600

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