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Born in Kunming, Yunnan province, Qian Feng earned his jinshi degree in 1771, and served successively as Junior Complier (bianxiu) of the Hanlin Academy, Investigating Censor (jiancha yushi), Vice-commissioner of the Office of Transmission (tongzhengsi fushi), and the Provincial Education Commissioner of Hunan province (tidu Hunan xuezheng). Modeling his calligraphy after Yan Zhenqing (709-785) and Ouyang Xun (557-641), he formed a style of his own. Qian was also skilled in painting emaciated horses (typically a metaphor for unappreciated talent) with firm brush and thick ink.
Precisely structured, his couplets are vigorously and crisply executed. Consistently treasured by collectors, they conform to Qian Feng's character and to calligraphy aesthetics. This couplet typifies Qian Feng's works in regular script.