Landscape with Ruins, 19th century

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Born in London to a wealthy family, George Chinnery spent most of his life far from home. In 1801 he abandoned his young family and soon set sail for Madras (now Chennai) in India, never returning to England. First in Madras and then in Calcutta (Kolkata), he built a reputation as the best artist in the expatriate community. He gained lucrative portrait commissions, but his finances began to unravel, prompting him to relocate to Macau in southern China, which became his base for the rest of his life. The inhabitants and landscapes of Asia fascinated Chinnery. He made countless drawings of people going about their daily lives. Though we have not been able to identify this ruin, we may surmise that Chinnery found romance in its scale, antiquity, and decay.

Landscape with Ruins
Artist Life
1774 - 1852
Accession Number
Curator Approved

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