A pencil drawing on paper, 5 1/4" by 7 3/4", (12 1/2" by 15" in modern frame), featuring studies of humped cattle lying down near an early wagon, unsigned, by the noted London-born artist GEORGE CHINNERY (1774-1852). Chinnery is known as the only western painter who was a resident of South Asia from the early to the mid 19th century, and a leading artist of the British community in India. After Royal Academy training he took at ship to Madras (Chennai) in 1802. Chinnery sketched actively, recording his impressions of daily life in the exotic lands of India and southern China. He worked a lot in Calcutta on the Bay of Bengal, and this drawing might well date to his time there. Cattle were a favorite subject. After 1825, due to financial pressures, Chinnery moved to Macau near Hong Kong, and he died there at mid century. CONDITION: This drawing is really, really old----and it shows it. The paper is full of worm holes, as seen, but the strength of the drawing remains apparent. This was framed in Hong Kong.
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