Hsu Tao-ning was a native of Ho-chien, Hopei. He originally sold herbal medicines at the capital gate, painting landscapes to attract customers. At that time, his works were relatively common. However, during his middle years, he completely changed his style, his brushwork becoming simpler and more refined. In this painting are lofty and precipitous crags with accumulated snow, hundreds of trees all withered, only hoary pines standing tall. On a snowy river, old fishermen in straw raincoats are angling. On the shore are three people circled around a fire and drinking wine. Both the sky and water in the entire scroll have been done with ink washes, imparting even more coldness, gloom and desolation to the painting.