- Listed: January 1, 1970 12:00 am
- Title: LANDSCAPE AND FALCON
- Artist: ZHEN YAN
- Format (cm): 135.2 x 67.4 cm.
- Format (in): Landscape: 53 ¼ x 26 ½ in.
- Last Sale price: 6 875,00
- Last Sale date:
ZHEN YAN (19TH-20TH CENTURY) LANDSCAPE AND FALCON Two hanging scrolls, ink on paper Each inscribed and signed by the artist Falcon with four seals of the artist and dated summer, guimao year of the Guangxu era (1903) Landscape dated summer, the fourth month, guimao year of the Guangxu era (1903) Falcon: 65 ¾ x 33 ½ in. (167.1 x 85 cm.) Landscape: 53 ¼ x 26 ½ in. (135.2 x 67.4 cm.)
The measurements for the two paintings as shown in the catalogue are incorrect. The correct measurements are: Falcon: 65 3/4 x 33 1/2 in. (167.1 x 85 cm.). Landscape: 53 1/4 x 26 1/2 in. (135.2 x 67.4 cm.),
FROM THE COLLECTION OF REVEREND ISAAC TAYLOR HEADLAND AND DR. MIRIAM SINCLAIR HEADLAND
Reverend Isaac Taylor Headland (1859-1942) was an American missionary and accomplished scholar who went to Beijing in 1880 and served as a professor at Peking University. While he was hired as professor of science, he taught a wide range of subjects, all in Chinese. Reverend Headland was also instrumental in obtaining books on foreign topics, especially technology, for Emperor Guangxu (1871-1908). His wife, Dr. Miriam Sinclair Headland (1859-1953) served as head of the Presbyterian Women’s Hospital and then professor of hygiene at Peking University. She served as physician to the mother and sister of Empress Dowager Cixi and interacted frequently with many members of the royal family, both professionally and socially. Reverend Headland’s language ability and experiences gained from living for 17 years in the capital of China during a turbulent period resulted in numerous publications on a wide variety of topics. Furthermore, Reverend Headland’s interest in Chinese culture led him to assemble a large collection of Chinese paintings and works of art. Regarding his paintings, in addition to works from the Empress Dowager herself, Reverend Headland collected classical works from earlier times and paintings made by contemporary artists living in the capital.