During the Joseon dynasty, literary works and handwritings by members of the royal family were regarded as extremely valuable objects and were treated very carefully. The stationery items used by Joseon royals are a useful source of knowledge on the art of handwriting to which they were devoted.
King Gyeongjong’s(r. 1720~1724) compilation in woodblocks of the works by his predecessors King Seonjo(r. 1567~1608), King Injo(r. 1623~1649), King Hyojong(r. 1649~1659), King Hyeonjong(r. 1659~1674) and King Sukjong(r. 1674~1720) conveys all of the handwritings and drawings of preceding Joseon kings.
Joseon kings would sometimes hold poetry sessions with their subordinates as an act of harmonious communication with them. King Jeongjo especially enjoyed practicing this with his close associates at the Gyujanggak library, exchanging poem composition in the form of verse couplets. The scrolls recording their verses provide at once the chance to appreciate their handwritten poems as well as to admire the beautiful paper used at the royal court at the time.
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