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Thatched Cottage in the Western Mountains (西山草堂圖)

Tang Yin (唐寅,1470–1524), Ming Dynasty (1368–1644)

Handscroll, ink on paper, 31.2 x 146.3 cm, The British Museum, London

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       In the foreground, a scholar sits in his rustic cottage and enjoys the contemplative life in the countryside. When unrolling the handscroll further the landscape continues and opens up to the left into a stretch of water. The painting is inscribed by Tang Yin himself and by the Qianlong emperor who once owned it and inscribed it in 1751. Following the landscape are eleven texts by later collectors and admirers who comment on the painting or the artist.