I can make out bits of this calligraphy, but not enough to look up the poem. The first line (and the poet, which I assume is the last two characters) should suffice for the purposes of using a search engine to find the entire thing...

The calligraphy is by 張照 of the Qing dynasty. I particularly like his style of grass script, but have not managed to find many images of his calligraphy.

Click here to see the image (279KB)

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    Magnetar, I replaced the image with a link that lets you see the image separately (in a new tab, for example). I thought that big image would be too long when scrolling down, and resizing it would make it harder to read it properly, so I chose that solution. Obviously feel free to rollback, but I thought this would help more to the readability of your question. :)
    – Alenanno
    Jan 6, 2012 at 23:24
  • How about just resizing the image? Why do you edit so much!
    – Village
    Jan 8, 2012 at 0:55
  • I was divided about the edit. On the one hand, I sorta see the point -- on the other hand, I seldom click through on other stuff. The question got answered, that's the main thing. Now I know it off by heart. =)
    – magnetar
    Jan 9, 2012 at 14:15

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It's hard to read such works if you don't get trained with calligraphy knowledge. For me, I could only read some characters in this work. I.e., I read "歸去嵩陽" in the last line, so I used this word and 张照 as key word to search more info on the internet, and I found this on "baike.baidu.com". xiecheng127 is right, and I would like to paste the traditional version, since they are really traditional characters.


*Actually, 仙 is also used in traditional system, and 僲 (or 僊, more standard) is another form in old times. Here, it seems that the 舛 part was replaced with 升. I think this happens in calligraphy (some characters look "wrong" in calligraphy when compared to the standard form).

If you want to see more his works, "artist.artxun.com" may be a good site.

By the way, when searching on some Chinese topics, google is not as good as baidu 百度, though you will get more ads with 百度.

  • very nice answer. i like how you gave an explanation of the different variant forms of 仙. i knew it was used in traditional chinese, but i wasn't aware that 僲 was a variant!
    – magnetar
    Jan 9, 2012 at 14:17


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