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Page from Ten Bamboo Studio - Plum tree on bank overhanging water: P.18-1955

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Current Location: In storage


Page from Ten Bamboo Studio - Plum tree on bank overhanging water
Ten Bamboo Studio Collection of Callilgraphy and Painting




An illustration from the earliest Chinese book printed in colour woodblocks invented and perfected by Hu Zhengyan (1583/4-1673/4), to reproduce the effect of watercolour painting. The book comprised eight categories (8 vols, 16 parts): birds, plums, orchids, bamboos, fruit, stones, ink drawings (round fans) and miscellany. The leaves are printed on one side only; they were folded in half and glued together along the outer fold, and each image was followed by an accompanying text, in most cases a poem. This example has been taken out of its original binding, and is lacking the light green block visible in the University Library's copy (FH.910.83-98). 7/8 (IV), 14; artist Shên Hsing; seal: Shih-an


History note: Sotheby's 3 March 1955, part of lot 28 (probably from the collection of Prince Vladimir Galitzine)

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1955) by Clarke, Louis Colville Gray


17th Century
Production date: circa AD 1633

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Techniques used in production

Colour printing

Identification numbers

Accession number: P.18-1955
Primary reference Number: 223163
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Created: Tuesday 19 June 2018 Updated: Monday 3 August 2020 Last processed: Monday 15 March 2021

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Paintings, Drawings and Prints

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