Jiang Tingxi - More Than Just a Scholar, a Painter, or a Poet...
Jiang Tingxi(蒋廷锡, 1669–1732), courtesy name Yangsun(杨孙), was a Chinese painter, and an editor of the encyclopedia Gujin Tushu Jicheng(古今图书集成).
Jiang was born in Changshu, Jiangsu. He was also known by the names Nansha, Qingtong Jushi, Qiujun, XiGu, Yangsun, and Youjun.
The 5020-volume state-sponsored encyclopedia Gujin Tushu Jicheng was published in 1726 and had been compiled by Chen Menglei and Jiang Tingxi during the reigns of Qing emperors Kangxi and Yongzheng.
As an official painter and grand secretary to the imperial court, Jiang Tingxi used a wide variety of artistic styles, and focused particularly on paintings of birds and flowers. He was also proficient in calligraphy.
Although better known for his Gujin Tushu Jicheng, Jiang also contributed—along with other scholars—in the compilation of the "Daqing Yitongzhi" (大清一统志, Gazetteer of the Qing Empire). This geographical gazetteer was provided with a preface in 1744, revised in 1764, and reprinted in 1849.