Chao Ch'ang, style name Ch'ang-chih, was a native of Kuang-han in Szechwan province. He excelled at painting flowers, vegetables, and fruit, and he was particularly adept at drawing from life. He called himself "Chao Ch'ang, painter true to life." He cherished his own paintings and never easily gave them to others. Later in his life, he even went so far as to buy back some of his paintings that had fallen into the hands of private collectors. Because of this practice, there are very few of his works extant. At the foot of the T'ai-hu rock are irises, orchids, and fungus. Behind the rock, peonies in full bloom fill up the entire painting. Despite the darkness of the ancient silk of the painting, the brush work and coloring are still exquisite. On the right side of the T'ai-hu rock is the seal of Chao Ch'ang which is probably a later addition.