An image of Family in a boat

Qilin Ren

( – )

Family in a boat

Location
Not on display
Further information

Fan paintings such as these are a distinctive genre in Chinese ink painting and were often mounted and kept in albums. Folding fans in this style were probably introduced to China from Japan in the 10th century. In the following centuries they became increasingly admired by patrons and collectors, as well as by artists who enjoyed the challenge of working within the particular size and shape of the flattened fan.

Place of origin
China
Period
China: Qing dynasty 1644–1911
Media
Painting
Medium
folding fan mounted as album leaf; ink and slight colour on paper
Dimensions
45.0 x 21.0 cm
Credit
Purchased 1957
Accession number
9421