Owing to the lack of academic studies on Mei Qing’s (1624-1697) life and art, many forgeries signed with Mei Qing’s name have been mistaken for authentic works, especially depictions of Mt. Huang. Based on the former studies of Mei Qing, this paper attempts to explore six important Mt. Huang paintings signed Mei Qing, including two albums, two sets of hanging scrolls, and two individual hanging scrolls, all with a vertical design and undated. They are important because, except for one sketch album, all have been examined by a group of experts, are regarded as authentic works of Mei Qing, and collected by famous public museums or art galleries in China. All are special as each is connected to another, or others.
These six works have never been discussed thoroughly. After examining them from several aspects, especially composition, calligraphy and seal, this paper suggests that all are forgeries. Academics need be made aware that they are not authentic to avoid confusion regarding the particularities of Mei Qing's style. It is hoped that through analysis, the closely intertwined relationship between these forgeries might be realized, and more attention paid to the complex and serious problem of forgery.