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Page from Ten Bamboo Studio - Bamboos and chrysanthemums: P.17-1955

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Page from Ten Bamboo Studio - Bamboos and chrysanthemums
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. 5/6 (III), 18; seal: Wên chung


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.17-1955
Primary reference Number: 223167
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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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