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date: 21 February 2020

Kim Kwang-su [cha Sŏngjung; ho Sanggodang] locked

(b Sangju, North Kyŏngsang Province, 1696).
  • Yi Sŏng-mi


[cha Sŏngjung; ho Sanggodang]

(b Sangju, North Kyŏngsang Province, 1696).

Korean painter of the literati school, connoisseur, collector and high official. He passed the primary civil service examination (chinsa) in 1729 and later became a county magistrate. He was recorded under the section on painters in the Tongguk Munhŏn, a 19th-century biographical dictionary of famous people of the Chosŏn period. However, no works by him have yet come to light. According to Sin Yu-han (b 1681), a contemporary member of the literati, Kim would acquire good works of art when available, regardless of their price and often at the expense of his entire family assets. He was recognized as an exacting connoisseur. Though knowledge on the extent of his interest as a collector is limited, his collection included rubbings of such Chinese calligraphic works as Chu Suiliang’s Yan ta shengjiao xu bei (‘The stele of the Yan Pagoda prefaces to the Buddhist scriptures’), executed in regular script, and the ...

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