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Chitqua (Tan Chet Qua) (active 1769-died 1796), Chinese artist

Sitter in 3 portraits
Tan-Che-Qua arrived in England in 1769 aboard the East-Indiaman Horsendon. He settled in London and established himself in business as a modeller, charging ten guineas for a bust and fifteen for a whole-length statuette. He apparently worked with clay brought with him from China. Tan-Che-Qua attended meetings of artists at the Royal Academy, where he exhibited work in 1770. He is included in Johann Zoffany's group portrait of the Royal Academicians. Tan-Che-Qua returned to China in 1772. He is thought to have committed suicide in Canton in the mid-1790s.

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1437

The Academicians of the Royal Academy

by John Sanders, after Johann Joseph Zoffany
watercolour and ink, (1772)
NPG 1437

1437a

Key to 'The Academicians of the Royal Academy'

by John Sanders, after Johann Joseph Zoffany
pencil, circa 1773
NPG 1437a

D21304

The Academicians of the Royal Academy

by Richard Earlom, after Johann Joseph Zoffany
mezzotint, published 1773
NPG D21304