Lady Seated By a Porch Railing, Reading; from the album Infamous Palace Beauties

Gao Keming, Chinese, about 1000 - 1053


19th century; Qing Dynasty

Album leaf; colored inks on silk

Overall: 9 1/4 × 7 in. (23.5 × 17.8 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College: Selections from the Peterson Collection, Gift of William Bingham, 2nd



Asia, East Asia, China


19th century

Object Name




Not on view


Not signed.

Published References

Laufer Catalogue No. 197. Berthold Laufer, catalogued in 1930: Album containing twelve paintings in colors on brown silk. Represents famous women of history. Signed Kao K'o-ming, 11th century. Style and coloration of the pictures, however, correspond to the Ming period. (According to Dr. Chan, -Famous beauties in the court and in the home. Gil Raz, Assistant Professor of Religion, Dartmouth College, July 14-19 2008: "The twelve paintings in an album of paintings of women by K'o-ming Kao (p.942.1.7-19) are currently named by description. The album, however, is named Infamous Palace Beauties. Each painting is of a specific figure. They should be identified and named accordingly. The name of the painter should be written as Gao Keming."


Collected by Dr. Frederick Peterson (1859-1938) (possibly in Japan), around 1910-1929; catalogued by Dr. Berthold Laufer in 1930; acquired by WIlliam Bingham II (1879-1955) in the 1930s [possibly at the time of Dr. Peterson's death in 1938]; on loan to the Princeton University Art Gallery, Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, New Jersey, about 1938-1941; purchased by the Trustees of Princeton University from WIlliam Bingham II in 1941 with the stipulation that some of the paintings be distributed to Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire [stated in the Princeton University Deed of Gift, the collection should be officially designated as "Selections from the Peterson Collection, Gift of WIlliam Bingham, 2nd"]; given to present collection, 1942.

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