The Shu River

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Maker(s)
Artist: Traditionally attributed to Li Gonglin (傳)李公麟 (ca. 1049-1106)
Historical period(s)
Southern Song dynasty, 13th century
Medium
Ink on paper
Dimensions
H x W (image): 32.3 x 752.1 cm (12 11/16 x 296 1/8 in)
Geography
China
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
F1916.539
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Painting
Type

Handscroll

Keywords
China, landscape, river, Song dynasty (960 - 1279), Southern Song dynasty (1127 - 1279)
Provenance

To 1916
Pang Yuanji (1864-1949), Shanghai, China, to 1916 [1]

From 1916 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Pang Yuanji, through Pang Zanchen (1881-1951) and Seaouke Yue (You Xiaoxi) (late 19th-early 20th century), in New York, in 1916 [2]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]

Notes:

[1] See Original Kakemono and Makimono List, L. 1139, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. See also, P'ang Catalogue: Antique Famous Chinese Paintings Collected by P'ang Lai Ch'en. This object exhibits seals, colophons, or inscriptions that could provide additional information regarding the object’s history; see Curatorial Remarks in the object record for further details.

[2] According to Ingrid Larsen, "'Don’t Send Ming or Later Pictures': Charles Lang Freer and the First Major Collection of Chinese Painting in an American Museum," Ars Orientalis vol. 40 (2011), pg. 23 and pg. 37, note 118. Larsen explains that Pang Zanchen (the younger brother of Pang Yuanji) and Seaouke Yue were tasked by Pang Yuanji with bringing his paintings to New York to show them to Charles Lang Freer. See also, Original Kakemono and Makimono List, L. 1139, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.

[3] The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.

Previous Owner(s)

Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919
Pang Yuanji (C.L. Freer source) 1864-1949

Label

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Published References
  • Shina nanga taisei (Conspectus of Chinese Paintings of the Southern School). 16 vols., Tokyo, 1935-1937. pls. 2-6.
  • Topography of the Shu-Kiang, ascribed to Li Lung-nien. no. 273 Tokyo, February 1913. pp. 188-189, fig. 5.
  • James Cahill. Collecting Paintings in China. vol. 37, April 1963. p. 70.
  • Lessing J. Rosenwald James Cahill. The Early Illustrated Book: Essays in Honor of Lessing J. Rosenwald. Washington. p. 154, fig. 5.
  • Nakata Yujiro Fu Shen. O-bei shuzo Chugoku hosho meiseki shu (Masterpieces of Chinese Calligraphy in American and European Collections). 6 vols., Tokyo, 1981-1983. pls. 14-16.
  • Suzuki Kei. Chugoku kaiga sogo zuroku (Comprehensive Illustrated Catalog of Chinese Painting). 5 vols., Tokyo, 1982-1983. pp. 224-227.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Song and Yuan Dynasty Painting and Calligraphy
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Rights Statement

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