Chitqua: A Chinese artist in eighteenth-century London

David Clarke

in Chinese Art and Its Encounter with the World

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9789888083060
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9789882209794 | DOI:
Chitqua: A Chinese artist in eighteenth-century London

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Discussion in this chapter focuses on an individual who created work of a sculptural nature, thus working in a medium that was relatively marginal to literati taste; who practiced away from China's traditional centres of artistic production and political power in eighteenth-century Canton; and who operated within a context where the market mediated contacts with buyers in an explicit way. Furthermore, in the case of this artist, known only as ‘Chitqua’ (with variant romanizations of ‘Chit-qua’, ‘Chit Qua’, ‘Chetqua’, ‘Chet-qua’, and ‘Che Qua’ also found), the chapter looks at someone who worked directly for non-Chinese clients, and who made visual resemblance a defining feature of his work. It aims to provide as comprehensive a picture of the artist and his work as is possible from the surviving artistic and documentary record, with the aim of remedying that omission.

Keywords: China; eighteenth-century Canton; Chitqua; non-Chinese clients; documentary record

Chapter.  22646 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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