George Chinnery

How Qua, Senior Hong Merchant at Canton, China

Not on display

George Chinnery 1774–1852
Oil paint on canvas
Support: 622 × 483 mm
frame: 729 × 646 × 72 mm
Presented by the Art Fund 1942

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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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