Su Han-ch'en was a native of K'ai-feng, Honan. He was employed as a Painter-in-Attendance at the Painting Academy during the Hsuan-ho reign of the Northern Sung (1119-1125). After the Northern Sung fell to the Chin, he fled south and was reemployed in his old position at the Southern Sung court during the Shao-hsing reign (1131-1162). Su Han-ch'en studied with Liu Tsung-ku. He excelled as a figure painter, especially of religious subjects and children. Three children gather under the shade of a spreading firmania tree, enjoying the refreshing shade. One child uses a thin staff to toy with a cricket. Two children to the side look both excited and frightened, wanting to join in, but a little hesitant. The expressions of the children are vividly portrayed, but the clothes are painted rather stiffly. This may be the work of a later artist, with Su Han-ch'en's name added for prestige.