This album attributed to Huang Gongwang (“Zhang Yu’s Mountain Dwelling”) was purportedly done for Zhang Yu. Consisting of eight leaves, four are on display here. The first leaf has an inscription in Zhang Yu’s name dated to 1345, mentioning a visit to Huang Gongwang at Mt. Yu. Upon his departure, according to the contents, Huang Gongwang did this album and presented it to him. And after Zhang Yu had it remounted, he asked contemporaries to add words of praise. Therefore, on the other seven leaves are inscriptions attributed to such figures as Gu Ying (1310-1369), Jie Xisi (1372-1344), Zhang Shu (1292-1348), Yu He, Tan Shao, Yang Tai, and Qian Ding.
However, the motifs and compositions of leaves 1, 2, 3, and 5 are the same, except for simplification of the details, as leaves 4, 28, 26, and 1, respectively, from the album “Illustrated Album of Travels” by the Ming dynasty artist Qian Gu (1508-1572), as seen in the reproductions on display above. Some of the mountain rock forms in the album also appear geometrical, much as in the Huangshan School of painting.
Qian Gu painted “Illustrated Album of Travels” for Wang Shizhen (1526-1590), so this album must have been done afterwards. The compositional formulae of the Ming combined with spurious inscriptions by Huang Gongwang’s contemporaries thus suggest a fabrication of Huang Gongwang’s work from the late Ming or early Qing period.