Artist / Author / Cartographer:

Chinnery, George

Title:

Three pencil studies of Macau

Date:

c.1840

Medium:

pencil

Size:

12.1 x 8.9 cm

Description:

Three studies of a Chinese foodstall holder and his dog, a recumbent dog and a soldier. All inscribed in the artist's shorthand.

 

The British artist George Chinnery spent nearly twenty seven years living in Macau between 1825 - 1852, recording images of the China coast which became a lasting documentary. He spent his early career in England and Ireland, he then spent twenty-three years in India, before moving to China. Despite the changing fashions of nineteenth century England, Chinnery's art retained the feel of the 1790s, when the rising star was Sir Thomas Lawrence. Also the young J.M.W. Turner was his close contemporary at the Royal Academy Schools. Chinnery became one of the the leading artists of British India in the early 1800s, recognised for his artistic style and for his flamboyant personality. To escape his creditor he sailed in 1825 to the China coast, where he received patronage from the wealthy trading community. He had various students and followers while working in Macau including Marciano Baptista and his doctor, Thomas Boswell Watson.

 

Provenance


Thomas Boswall Watson, and thence by descent to the present owner.

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Item Code:

P5843

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