Chen Zhenhui was a native of Jiangsu, and the son of a high official of the Ming. His sobriquet names include Dingsheng and Ding Daoren. He was an avid scholar and together with Mao Xiang, Hou Fangyu, and Fang Yizhi, formed the Sijunzi (four scholar-gentlemen) of the late Ming. After the end of the Ming dynasty, Chen remained a recluse in his home and never ventured out. For brief biography, see Zhongguo Wenxuejia Dacidian, Beijing Library Publications, 1998, Vol. 2, Entry 5039; Zhongguo Lidai Renming Dacidian, Shanghai Guji Chubanshe, 1999, p.1372
There are very few extant works by Chen, the only known example of his calligraphy is housed in the Museum of the Chinese University, Hong Kong Museum. Of his paintings, this scroll may well be the only surviving work of Chen.