- Oil paint on canvas
- Support: 622 x 483 mm
frame: 729 x 646 x 72 mm
- Presented by the Art Fund 1942
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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