NPG Number
4005
Mkey
1401
Sitter/Title
Joseph Collet
Qualifier
by
Artist(s)
AmoyChinqua
Date made
1716
Medium
painted unfired clay statuette
Credit line
© National Portrait Gallery, London
joseph collet

1401

4005

Joseph Collet

by

Amoy Chinqua

1716

painted unfired clay statuette

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Collet sent this figure to his daughter Elizabeth on 14 December 1716, describing it as 'a sort of Picture or Image of my Self. The lineaments and the Features are Esteem'd very just but the complexion is not quite so well hit; the proportion of my body and my habit is very exact.' It is an early example of an 18th-century Chinese portrait figure made for the export market. It was modelled in Madras.