Mountain Villa in a Green Expanse

Weng Tonghe was from Changshu, Jiangsu province. He had a successful political career, and became the tutor of Qing dynasty emperors Tongzhi (r. 1861-1875) and Guangxu (r. 1875-1908). He is, however, also known for his calligraphy. The inscription on the first page [EA1966.2.a] reads: ‘The album of sixteen leaves on the remains of Mount Yu is the real original work of Shigu xiansheng [aka Wang Hui (1632-1717)]. I have painted copies over ten times, but never got a satisfying one. [For] the current copy, [I] shut my doors for months, and there was absolutely no distracting noise. [I] look at [it and feel that] although the brushwork and colours do not follow the regulations of painting, [I] have managed to get a slightly similar appearance.’


  • Catalogue text

    Weng Tonghe was from Changshu in Jiangsu province. He came top in the public examinations of 1856 and was rewarded with numerous high ranking official positions. In 1898 he retired from public life. He was a skilled calligrapher, and also a writer; his poetry and diaries are published.

    In: Vainker, Shelagh, Chinese Paintings in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2000)

Further reading

Vainker, Shelagh, Chinese Paintings in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2000), no. 134 on p. 153, illus. p. 155 fig. 143c

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