Zhou Lianggong

Zhou Lianggong 周亮工 (1612-1672) was born in Kaifeng, Honan Province, but lived in Nanjing. He was a civil service official in 1640. He loved to write poetry and to collect calligraphy, paintings, and antiques, and to carve seals. He made friends with many famous seal carvers in order to add to his collection of over one-thousand seals. While carving seals, he paid more attention to the arrangement of layout. Many publications were written by him.

“He passed his Jinshi degree in 1640 and became a magistrate in Shandong where he defended the city from attack by the Manchu Qing army. He would however take his place in the new Manchu regime in a variety of official capacities. In 1655, he was accused of official corruption and finally faced imprisonment. There he edited his poetry collection Laigutang Ji (賴古堂集). Zhou was eventually granted amnesty in 1661. He was accused again of corruption in 1669. This time he was sentenced to hanging, but was again given amnesty.”

“In the immediate years after his death, Zhou was considered a writer of the first rank. In the late 1700s, he and other writers who had served two dynasties were frowned upon and  his works were considered anathema by the ruling monarch.”

A painting by Zhou Lianggong. From the internet.
  • Pinyin: Zhōu Liànggōng
  • Wade-Giles: Chou Liang-kung

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