Acquired in Beijing by a member of the Castle family, 1861 (by repute).
National Museums Liverpool, Liverpool.
The Yihe yuan (Summer Palace), literally meaning 'Gardens of Nurtured Harmony', is located in Beijing. The Summer Palace originated as the Garden of Clear Ripples in 1750 and was based on architectural styles of various palaces in China. The palace suffered two major attacks at the end of the 19th century; however the garden survived and was rebuilt in 1886 and 1902. It was given its current name in 1888 when it served as a summer retreat for the Empress Dowager Cixi.
This large ink and colour on paper painting has been laid onto canvas and recently cleaned and mounted in a fibre-board frame. The paper has a matrix of vertical and horizontal light creasing across the whole surface with some heavier creases, some of which have been over-painted; several areas of patching, in particular to the sky area (most not exceeding 4cm., in diam.,) but with some larger areas (17 x 5cm., 7x9cm., 14 x 4cm., and 13 x 3cm..); and some light staining. It should be noted that the colours are slightly lighter and brighter than the catalogue illustration would suggest. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."