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Chitqua (Tan-Che-Qua)

(circa 1728-1796), Chinese artist

Sitter in 4 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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