His wife was Lu Qingzi, another famous writer, they were intellectuals and members of the gentry.  Zhao patronized his wife's books with his money. Zhao Yiguang and Lu had a son, Zhao Jun, who married Wen Congjian's daughter, who was also from a gentry family and literati who wrote poems. The earlier painter Zhao Mengfu was part of their branch of the Song Royal family.
- Ellen Widmer, Kang-i Sun Chang, ed. (1997). Writing women in late imperial China (illustrated ed.). Stanford University Press. p. 93. ISBN 0-8047-2872-0. Retrieved 14 December 2011. "Lu Qingzi married a man who led an equally idyllic life, Zhao Yiguang (1559-1625 ), a descendant of the Song imperial family. Zhao fancied himself a recluse but often busied himself entertaining powerful and learned friends."
- Ellen Widmer, Kang-i Sun Chang, ed. (1997). Writing women in late imperial China (illustrated ed.). Stanford University Press. p. 26. ISBN 0-8047-2872-0. Retrieved 14 December 2011. "At age 15 sui, she married a literatus, Zhao Yiguang (zi Fanfu, 1559-1625) with whom she lived in seclusion in Hanshan."
- Dorothy Ko (1994). Teachers of the inner chambers: women and culture in seventeenth-century China (illustrated, annotated ed.). Stanford University Press. p. 270. ISBN 0-8047-2359-1. Retrieved 14 December 2011. "Like Xu Yuan, Lu Qingzi was a gentry wife who delighted in composing verse for singing girls. . . Her father, Lu Shidao (1517-80), served briefly as secretary of the Ministry of Rites . . .Lu Qingzi married a man who led an equally idyllic life, Zhao Yiguang ( 1 559-1625), a descendant of the Song imperial family. Zhao fancied himself a recluse but often busied himself with entertaining powerful and learned friends. He was also involved in a number of publishing projects, including his own works and those of his wife. The publication of both of Qingzi's collected works, Building a Hermitage (Kaopan ji) and Magical Herbs (Xuanzhi ji), was financed by her husband, as in Xu Yuan's case.51"
- Marsha Smith Weidner (1988). Marsha Smith Weidner, Indianapolis Museum of Art, ed. Views from Jade Terrace: Chinese women artists, 1300-1912 (illustrated ed.). Indianapolis Museum of Art. p. 31. ISBN 0-8478-1003-8. Retrieved 14 December 2011. "She married ZhaoJun, scion of an old Suzhou family, which traced its ancestry back to the imperial family of the Song dynasty and which counted among its sons the famous official and artist Zhao Mengfu (1254-1322). Zhao Jun's father was the recluse-scholar Zhao Yiguang (1559- 1625), and his mother was a daughter of Lu Shidao (1511-74), another Suzhou literatus. Zhao Jun studied the classics with Wen Congjian; thus a more permanent liaison between the two families was perhaps inevitable."
- Florence Bretelle-Establet (2010). Florence Bretelle-Establet, ed. Looking at it from Asia: the processes that shaped the sources of history of science. Volume 265 of Boston studies in the philosophy of science (illustrated ed.). Springer. ISBN 90-481-3675-X. Retrieved 14 December 2011. "Jiangsu Governor Wang qishu Li Shouqian na Zhejiang Governor 董說 Ming 明 Zhu Zhongfu 朱仲福 Ming 明 Wei Rui 魏濬 Ming 明 Ke Zhongjung 柯仲炯 Ming 明 Zhao Yiguang 趙宧光 Ming 明 Xu Xuchen 許胥臣 Ming 明 Dong Yue"
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