Couplet in clerical-seal script

Maker(s)
Artist: Xu Sangeng 徐三庚 (1826-1890)
Historical period(s)
Qing dynasty, 1887
Medium
Pair of hanging scrolls; ink on paper
Dimensions
H x W (image, each): 133.7 x 32.2 cm (52 5/8 x 12 11/16 in)
Geography
China
Credit Line
Gift of Robert Hatfield Ellsworth in honor of the 75th Anniversary of the Freer Gallery of Art
Collection
Robert Hatfield Ellsworth collection
Accession Number
F1997.62.1-2
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Calligraphy
Type

Hanging scrolls

Keywords
China, clerical-seal script, Qing dynasty (1644 - 1911), Robert Hatfield Ellsworth collection, WWII-era provenance
Provenance

To 1997
Robert Hatfield Ellsworth (born 1929), New York City, to 1997

From 1997
Freer Gallery of Art, given by Robert Hatfield Ellsworth in 1997 [1]

Notes:

[1] The total gift from the Ellsworth collection consists of nearly three-hundred objects (F1997.42-.85 and F1998.83-294). All Chinese calligraphy in the proposed gift were published more than ten years ago in Mr. Ellsworth's Later Chinese Painting and Calligraphy: 1800-1950 vol. 3 (New York: Random House, 1986) (see Curatorial Note 4, Joseph Chang and Stephen D. Allee, May 19, 1998, in the object record).

Previous Owner(s)

Robert Hatfield Ellsworth 1929-2014

Published References
  • Thomas Lawton, Joseph Chang, Stephen Allee. Brushing the Past: Later Chinese Calligraphy from the Gift of Robert Haftield Ellsworth. Exh. cat. Washington. cat. 12, pp. 98-101.
  • 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. p. 259, fig. 2.
  • Robert Hatfield Ellsworth. Later Chinese Painting and Calligraphy: 1800-1950., 1st edition. New York. pp. 285, 92.
  • et. al. Chinese Calligraphy. The Culture and Civilization of China New Haven and Beijing. p. 446, pl. 10.6.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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