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On double leaves, Korean thread binding.
Painting Sketchbook. Size: 49.1 x 19.3 cm.
Yale Association of Japan Collection original call number: Db12.
In Korean (Hanmun).
Ten scenes at Hamhŭng and ten more scenes of the northern borders of Korea. Nam Ku-man (南九萬, 1629-1711), when posted to Hamgyŏng Province as governor between 1671 and 1674, selected a set of ten scenic spots of Hamhŭng, and another set of ten scenic spots of Kwanbuk, native place of the founding king of Chosŏn, and had a painter paint the scenes, subsequently pairing each painting with his own prose on the 'Ten Views of Hamhŭng' and the 'Ten Views of Kwanbuk.' Today, the original paintings with his text written on them are not extant. However, the theme was popular until the end of Chosŏn period and many copies of them were produced. This album is one of the examples, the album of 'Ten Views of Hamhŭng' and 'Ten Views of Kwanbuk.' The paintings show the topography and the landmarks representing each of the ten scenic spots, such as fortress walls and military and administrative facilities. On the upper part of each album leaf is the transcription of Nam Ku-man's prose. This corresponds with the style of the works, 'Ten Views of Hamhŭng' and 'Ten Views of Kwanbuk' in the collection of the National Museum of Korea done in the 18th century. However, the elements in the paintings in this album are rendered more simply and are mannered in style. The album has an inscription added by Chongsan (鍾山). It says he came to Hamhŭng in early spring in 1882 and appreciated the album, 'Ten Views of Hamhŭng,' in the collection of Hyanggyo (鄉校), the local county school. He, thus, asked T'oegyo (退校) Na Wŏn-sŏk (羅元石) to make a copy of the paintings, and bound them into an album. This figure by the name of Chongsan has not been identified, but one of the candidates could be Hong Ki-ju (洪岐周, 1829-?), who was appointed to the post of judge of Hamhŭng in January, 1882.
449 p. ; 49 cm.
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