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. Stanford University Press. p. 93. ISBN 0-8047-2872-0.
- Ellen Widmer, Kang-i Sun Chang, ed. (1997). Writing women in late imperial China. Stanford University Press. p. 26. ISBN 0-8047-2872-0.
- Dorothy Ko (1994). Teachers of the inner chambers: women and culture in seventeenth-century China. Stanford University Press. p. 270. ISBN 0-8047-2359-1.
- Marsha Smith Weidner (1988). Views from Jade Terrace: Chinese women artists, 1300-1912. Indianapolis Museum of Art. p. 31. ISBN 0-8478-1003-8.
- Florence Bretelle-Establet (2010). Looking at it from Asia: the processes that shaped the sources of history of science. Springer. ISBN 90-481-3675-X.
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