Can you help me read these, or help me identify the characters? They're written on the backing paper of a scroll painting, probably from my great grandmother from about 1925. I’ve tried two different OCR packages and get nothing. Here are a picture of the painting, the inscriptions on its back, and my attempts to trace the inscriptions for use with OCR.

image of first inscription image of second inscription

  • All I can make out of is 梅: ? ? 晚春
    – Tang Ho
    Feb 14, 2022 at 0:28
  • maybe “梅梅大x” & “皖x”, imo 😸 Feb 14, 2022 at 0:55
  • methinks, great grandma won't win any calligraphy prizes! I asked someone who is usually good at this to look, but no, undecipherable! Personally, I think the first 3 may be: 枚二大,but I am not a reliable source for deciphering squiggles!
    – Pedroski
    Feb 14, 2022 at 23:53
  • Thank you so much for trying! You are doing much better at it than I can. I hope someone can still make sense of it. Feb 15, 2022 at 1:12
  • By the way, where is the first inscription located on the painting? It doesn't seem to be the one right above the seal. I suppose the location of the writing might give it some context that could help determining its meaning.
    – Elliot Yu
    Feb 15, 2022 at 1:24

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I actually a bit skeptical about this calligraphy, because the semantic (meaning) is a bit confusing, is it 普通话 or 白话 or 福建话 or any other dialects? If it is 普通话, then..

From last to first, I can only identify the last 4 characters, that is 晚春 wan3 chun2, means night spring.

The middle one might be 大念 means big aspiration or something, since is like 怀念 or 念想. It is illogical to say that the middle one is , because 贪污 means embezzlement (in political context) and even 包含 in 含满 and 包含 . So I'll go with 念 nian4 instead of 贪 tan1 and 含 han2.


not quite sure about the three characters in the middle, perhaps 梅-二-大-?(含?舍?)-晚-春

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