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: Selections from the Peterson Collection, Gift of William Bingham, 2nd



Place Made: China, East Asia, Asia


19th century

Object Name


Research Area


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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