Gui Dian

(China 1865 – 1958)

Wang Kaiyun's poem Zhaoshan Nadui (with modification) in running script

Location
Not on display
Further information

Gui Dian (alias Nanping), a native of
Nanhai, Guangdong, was born into a family of scholar-officials. His father was a prolific Confucian scholar with more than 30 publications to his credit. Gui Dian himself passed the metropolitan examinations to receive his ‘jinshi’ degree in 1894 at the age of 30, and held positions such as prefect of Yanzhou in Zhejiang, and historiographer at the State Historiographer’s Office. Ending his official career with the fall of the Qing dynasty, he fled to Hong Kong and supported himself and his family by selling calligraphic works and paintings. Beside his accomplishments in calligraphy, his contribution to scholarship included editing four gazetteers of Guangdong county.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, April 2013

Place of origin
China
Year
1938
Media
Calligraphy
Medium
ink on paper
Dimensions
92.0 x 35.0 cm image; 118.2 x 47.0 cm silk mount
Credit
Gift of James Hayes 2013
Accession number
156.2013
Copyright
© Estate of Gui Dian