Drunken Sleep in Yihong Garden Ink and color on paper, album leaf mounted as a hanging scroll, inscribed and signed Qing Xi Qiaozi Qian Hui'an followed with one rectangular relief seal of the artist reading Jisheng. 9 x 15in (23 x 38cm)
In this scene from Dream of the Red Chamber, Qian Hui'an depicts the chapter in which Granny Liu, a distantly related elderly cousin from the countryside, visits the family compound of the wealthy Jia Family. Amazed by the extravagance and grandeur of the mansion, she drinks too much at dinner and finds herself lost in the Grand View Garden, eventually stumbling upon a courtyard to have a rest. The courtyard, belonging to the main character Jia Baoyu, the youngest son who was attended by forty servants, was filled with luxuries like the mirror that Granny Liu stares at in wonder.
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