George Chinnery

How Qua, Senior Hong Merchant at Canton, China

Artist
George Chinnery 1774–1852
Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 622 x 483 mm
frame: 729 x 646 x 72 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by the Art Fund 1942
Reference
N05369

Not on display

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How Qua was one of the small group of Chinese merchants, known as the ‘Hong’, who controlled trade with the West. The British-born painter George Chinnery was based in China from 1825 until his death.

Chinnery painted several portraits of How Qua, including a picture exhibited at the Royal Academy in London in 1834. Many more versions of this subject were created by Chinese artists working in his style. One of these was Chinnery’s pupil, Lamqua, who provided clients with the option of either ‘Chinese’ or ‘European’ paintings. 

Gallery label, September 2004

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