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Hanging scroll, ink and colour on silk.
Painted in the style of Giuseppe Castiglione (1688-1768), inscribed Chen Lang Shining gonghui with two seals, with an apocryphal Qianlong seal.
13 ¾ x 44 ½ in (34.7 x 113 cm.)
Formerly in the collection of American poet Witter Bynner (1881-1968), bequeathed to the Roswell Museum in New Mexico in the 1950's and subsequently deaccessioned in 1997.

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Castiglione was better known in China as Lang Shining who first arrived in Macao in 1715, and then went to Beijing where he remained until his death. He became part of the group of Western advisers at the imperial court where he painted for a succession of three Qing emperors: Kangxi, Yongzheng and Qianlong, and was also responsible for the training of Chinese court artists.

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