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Other Related Works: Single-Page Paintings and Drawings

Many albums besides the six imperial albums included in this exhibition probably once existed. Small, more intimate albums for individual perusal may have been produced, as is suggested by images such as a small painting of a standing female. Albums only of drawings might also have been compiled, and many 17th-century drawings (some of which may originally have been produced as preparatory drawings only) were, in later centuries, surrounded by decorated borders and presumably preserved in albums. However, once stripped of its original borders, it is impossible to determine to which, if any, album a painting or drawing might have originally belonged. The paintings and drawings included in this section are just a few of the many such works to have survived.