Robert Hatfield Ellsworth (born 1929), New York City, to 1998
Freer Gallery of Art, given by Robert Hatfield Ellsworth in 1998 
 All Chinese calligraphy in the gift were published in Mr. Ellsworth's Later Chinese Painting and Calligraphy: 1800-1950, vol. 3 (New York: Random House, 1986) (according to Curatorial Note 2, Joseph Chang, May 19, 1998, in the object record).
- Previous Owner(s)
Robert Hatfield Ellsworth 1929-2014
Lin Shu passed the provincial examination-a stage in qualifying for the civil service-in 1882 and served as an instructor in the late Qing dynasty (1644-1911). He also translated foreign novels and painted landscapes in an unorthodox style. Well versed in Chinese poetry and classics, Lin formed this couplet by excerpting and adapting lines of poetry written in the Tang (618-907) and Song (960-1279) dynasties.
As the wine subsides and steam clears from the tea;
I tune my simple zither and peruse the Diamond Sutra.
- Published References
- Thomas Lawton Thomas W. Lentz. Beyond the Legacy: Anniversary Acquisitions for the Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. vol. 1 Washington, 1998. pp. 256-261.
- Robert Hatfield Ellsworth. Later Chinese Painting and Calligraphy: 1800-1950., 1st edition. New York. pp. 308-9, 144.
- Collection Area(s)
- Chinese Art
- Rights Statement
Copyright with artist