Wu Chu (twelfth century) was a native of K'ai-feng, Honan province.
His style name was Chu-fu and his sobriquet was Yun-ho. He was a gifted poet,
calligrapher and painter. His calligraphy is said to be the exposition of the
style of Mi Fei, his master, but is evaluated to be superior in its nobility
and his talent is especially apparent in large characters. This work, which
is an inscription of a heptasyllabic quatrain composed by Ts'ai Hsiang,
is one of the rare authentic pieces by Wu Chu. It is also valuable as the
oldest extant calligraphy in hanging scroll form.
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