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Amiot Jesuit China portrait engraving print

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M Amyot


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Original antique portrait print


Joseph Maria Amiot (1718-1793) (wrongly spelled Amyot) was a Jesuit missionary. He joined the Jesuits in 1737 and entered China as a missionary in 1751. Father Amiot devoted himself to the study of Chinese history, language, and literature and was one of the first to give Europe accurate information concerning Eastern Asia. The results of his work were published for the most part in the Memoires concernant les Chinois (15 vols., Paris, 1776-91), in the proceedings of learned societies, and in the Lettres _difiantes et curieuses (34 vols., 1717-76). They include a life of Confucius (Memoires, vol. xii.) and a Dictionnaire tartare-mantchou-fran_ais (ed. Langl_s, 3 vols., 1789-90).

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artist Isidore-Stanislas-Henri Helman (1743-1806/9) after Panzy
method Copper-line engraving
date C1770
size 205mm by 140mm (sheet)
SKU PT6219