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Subject:Pleasure Boat Outing?
Posted By: ryan Mon, Dec 24, 2018 IP:

This is a scroll I was given by my uncle. His father likely bought it in the 40s or early 50s in China, where the family lived at the time.

Can anyone tell me anything about the inscription or who the artist is?

My perception is that this is a pleasure outing of a man and woman, but perhaps I'm misunderstanding. I'll post a detail of the pair in the boat as a reply once the post goes up. I wanted to get both written portions into this first post.

Thanks in advance for any information or thoughts you can provide.

Subject:Re: Pleasure Boat Outing?
Posted By: I.Nagy Tue, Dec 25, 2018

学生 李興業 雪国孔 囗飛淳 及弟敬業 贈 一九七八年六月一日
As souvenir to Professor Rui Tao An* in 1978
By students: Li Xingye, Xue Guokong, 囗 Feichun and
the younger brother Jingy
On June 1st,1978
Seals; 飛淳 Feichun, 敬業之印 Seal of Jingyi
There is one more seal in the left lower corner, which is too dim to read - it could be the artist`s seal

*Rui Tao An is the Chinese transciption of Andrew Tod Roy`s name, 1903-2004, missionary, teacher in China

Inscription on the back side,
山水 [國畫) 李興業 李敬業 贈 - Landscape (Traditional Chinese style) presented by Li Xingye and Li Jingyi

Subject:Re: Pleasure Boat Outing?
Posted By: mikeoz Tue, Dec 25, 2018

Your father must have been very clever to buy this during the 40s or 50s - it's dated 1988.

Subject:Re: Pleasure Boat Outing?
Posted By: Bryan Wang Wed, Dec 26, 2018

It's a Chinese painting about a pleasure boat outing in Beihai Park in Beijing, China and it was painted in the summer of 1971 by Li Xinye and given as a present to his teacher Rui Tao'An (whose English name should be Andrew Tod Roy, Father of Mr. J. Stapleton Roy and David Tod Roy). And from the descriptions on the painting, I can see that on June 1, 1988 Li Jinye (who should be Li Xinye's younger brother) added his name on this painting too (which means the painting is the present from these 2 brothers).

Subject:Re: Pleasure Boat Outing?
Posted By: I.Nagy Wed, Dec 26, 2018

Mr. Wang thank you for your interpretation,
This time I tried to go through the task more throughly.
In my opinion the painter`s original inscription was;
一九七二 or 一九七一年 1972 or 1971 (I opt for 1972 based on the balance between the characters and the last stroke of 二 could be in ligature with 年)
雪得飛 於北海 - Xue Defei (Name of the painter) at Beihai (Park)
Seal, 得飛 - Defei (from left to right)
In 1988(Sorry for my mistyping) the Li brothers just added their inscription (and Jingzhi his seal) - if I am right.

With regards,
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