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Collection

DENG Lin

(China 1829 – 1893)

Title
Sun Guoting's 'Treatise on Calligraphy' in cursive script
Place of origin
China
Period
Qing dynasty 1644 - 1911 → China
Media category
Calligraphy
Materials used
hanging scroll, ink on paper
Dimensions

133.0 x 32.5 cm image; 162.5 x 41.0 cm scroll

Credit
Gift of Dr. James Hayes 2011
Accession number
386.2011
Location
Not on display
Further information

Deng Lin, a native of Yangjiang in Guangdong, was an educator and a calligrapher of the late Qing dynasty, especially well known for his masterful cursive script. The three scrolls are part of a set with multiple hanging scrolls, brushed with Sun Guoting’s (646–691) preface to his essay entitled ‘Shupu' or 'Treatise on Calligraphy', composed in circa 687. Sun was a renowned calligrapher of the early Tang dynasty, remembered for his cursive calligraphy. His 'Treatise on Calligraphy' was the first important theoretical work on Chinese calligraphy, and has remained important ever since, though only its preface survived.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, June 2011