Brushing the Past: Later Chinese Calligraphy from the Gift of Robert Hatfield Ellsworth

April 30, 2000 – January 2, 2001

Freer Gallery of Art
Jefferson Drive and 12th Street, SW
Washington, DC

Gallery 13 Floor Plan

This exhibition illustrates the evolution of Chinese calligraphy over 3,500 years. Objects featured in the exhibition include 20 examples of late 18th-, 19th-, and early 20th-century Chinese calligraphy; an inscribed ancient jade and inscribed ancient bronze; a small box containing four inscribed bamboo slips; a small inscribed Buddhist statue; a handscroll rubbing; and a group of writing tools. Many of these items were donated to the Freer in 1997 in honor of its 75th anniversary by Robert Hatfield Ellsworth.