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here is the entire picture/painting[![This one is smaller from the bottom left hand side. This part says the location that is as much as I can read from it. the calligraphy is amazing and very old]2[.]3I recently purchased this painting and it has great calligraphy, I would love to know more about the story behind the painting

I recently purchased this painting and it has great calligraphy, I would love to know more about the story behind the painting

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  • been trying Google translate and it gives me various names or meaning but nothing significant
    – Heylin
    Sep 19, 2019 at 0:00
  • Can you provide the image of the painting as well? I think it might help, along with a clearer image of the seal (which would help with identifying the author/painter). Sep 19, 2019 at 1:13
  • Thanks I posted some more picture Michael
    – Heylin
    Sep 20, 2019 at 16:14
  • By the way, nobody's going to translate that poem for you. We expect you to do the minimum amount of research, and you have the transcription of the text already. Also, please add non-answer content, like new pictures, to your question - don't post answers.
    – dROOOze
    Sep 21, 2019 at 0:27
  • Drooze, I am very new to the site and I have done a lot of research on the painting where people wanted to charge me cash to put the writing together for me. I do greatly appreciate the help and everyone's comments. I do have another part to decipher
    – Heylin
    Sep 23, 2019 at 17:01

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the calligraphy is the poem "趙伯駒六馬圖歌" by emperor 乾隆 (1736-1795).

read top to bottom, right to left:

平川苜蓿豐且滋﹒清泉映帶沙岡披﹒戎人習馬知馬性

此䖏調馬實所宜﹒牽者樴者二皆駵﹒白駒黒鬛緤栁枝

昻蔵翹足驪其色﹒一戎跨背鞍不施﹒紫騮廻首嘶厥匹

有駓齕草意自怡﹒驥不稱力稱其徳﹒况復一一皆英竒

作者寓意應有在﹒夏官遺法誰深知﹒即今大宛致汗血

骨格皆合圖中姿﹒亦不渥洼詡作瑞﹒亦不交河資興師

迥立閶闔詄蕩蕩﹒欲起王孫走筆為

the last "column" stated the date as

辛巳首夏御題

the first month of summer of the year 1761.

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  • sigh 乾隆's poem is really mediocre. Sep 19, 2019 at 11:10
  • well, he had the largest quantity of poems in chinese. and, he preferred to use rare characters, as an indication of his knowledge of the culture, like it or not :) Sep 19, 2019 at 11:16
  • Excellent work, as always! My GF was stumped, she could not read it!
    – Pedroski
    Sep 19, 2019 at 15:07
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    @pedroski, it's not difficult: read and recognise a few characters then google it :) e.g. "戎人習馬知馬性", imo, is easy to read, from the original picture. Sep 20, 2019 at 3:36
  • @Pedroski exactly, how else do you think I manage to read blurry seals :)
    – dROOOze
    Sep 20, 2019 at 4:11

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