• Christies auction house James Christie logo

    Sale 7586

    West ~ East - The Niall Hobhouse Collection

    22 May 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 318

    George Chinnery (1774-1852)

    Figures and cattle beneath a ruin

    Price Realised  


    George Chinnery (1774-1852)
    Figures and cattle beneath a ruin
    with inscription 'Chinery [sic]' (lower right) and 'Chinery [sic]' (lower centre, in the margin)
    pen and brown ink and watercolour
    8½ x 6 in. (21.6 x 15.2 cm.)

    Contact Client Service
    • info@christies.com

    • New York +1 212 636 2000

    • London +44 (0)20 7839 9060

    • Hong Kong +852 2760 1766

    • Shanghai +86 21 6355 1766

    We are grateful to Patrick Conner for suggesting a date of 1800-1805. This picturesque subject might have been executed before or shortly after the artist's arrival in India. See P. Conner, George Chinnery 1774-1852, Artists of India and the Chinese Coast, Woodbridge, 1993, p. 44, pl. 24, for a drawing of similar technique, signed and dated 1801. The freshness of the pigments suggests that the watercolour had until recently been bound in an album and not exposed to the light.

    The first owner, Sir Charles D'Oyly resided in Calcutta until 1808 when he became Collector of Dacca. While in Calcutta D'Oyly became a friend and pupil of Chinnery.

    See lot 319 for a watercolour by D'Oyly.

    Special Notice

    No VAT will be charged on the hammer price, but VAT at 15% will be added to the buyer's premium which is invoiced on a VAT inclusive basis.


    Sir Charles D'Oyly, 7th Bt. (1781-1845).