Ink Butterfly with Colophon

Li King-hong (1890-1960)

The Chinese University of Hong Kong Library

The Chinese University of Hong Kong Library
Hong Kong

Li King-hong painted Butterflies in ink in 1930 and inscribed a poem using lines from the poetry of the Qing poet Sun Yuanxiang (1760 -1829). Li specialized in Chinese paintings of plum blossoms, ink butterflies, ink dragons and calligraphy, especially the regular script. In 1947, Li further inscribed a ci-poem of his own and added eleven seven-character quatrains composed of lines from Xi Peilan's poetry - Xi was Sun's wife and a disciple of the renowned Qing scholar, Yuan Mei. Li also invited members of Shuoguo Poetry Society to inscribe twenty-tour poems.


  • Title: Ink Butterfly with Colophon
  • Creator: Li King-hong (1890-1960)
  • Physical Dimensions: 30x624cm
  • Provenance: The Chinese University of Hong Kong Library, Gift from family of Mr. Li King-hong

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