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George Chinnery
PALANQUIN BEARERS RESTING
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395
George Chinnery
PALANQUIN BEARERS RESTING
Estimate
15,00020,000
LOT SOLD. 32,500 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

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George Chinnery
LONDON 1774 - 1852 MACAU
PALANQUIN BEARERS RESTING
Pen and black ink and watercolour;
signed and dated lower right: G. Chinnery E.I. 1806
350 by 487 mm.
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Provenance

With Martyn Gregory, London, by 1982

Exhibited

Hong Kong, Museum of History, Impressions of the East - the Art of George Chinnery, 2005, B7;
London, The Martyn Gregory Gallery, From the Pearl River, 2006-2007, no. 7

Literature

P. Conner, George Chinnery: 1774-1852, Artist of India and the China Coast, Woodbridge 1993, pl. 13;
P. Conner, The Flamboyant Mr Chinnery, Bangkok 2011, p. 25, fig. 16

Catalogue Note

This watercolour dates from 1806 and was painted about four years after Chinnery's arrival, from London, in India. He settled in Madras, but in 1808 he went to live in Dhaka, Bangladesh, before moving on to Calcutta in 1812. He established himself there as the leading British painter of his day, and he received many prestigious commissions to paint portraits, portrait miniatures and landscapes (both in oil and watercolour). In 1825, he emigrated to Macau where he died in 1852. 

The present watercolour is remarkable for its scale and may have been commissioned. The palanquin shown is a mahannah; large, shuttered and relatively comfortable, it conferred both shade and status on the occupant. The watercolour has been exhibited in both London and Hong Kong and has remained in the same British private collection since 1982. 

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