The present drawing is a study for the oil painting On Dent's verandah, now in a private collection. Patrick Conner writes 'the informality of the occasion is emphasised by the antics of one of the dogs, although its perfomance fails to distract the gentlemen from their conversation'. (P. Conner, George Chinnery, 1774-1852, Artist of India and the China Coast, London, 1993, p. 251).
Executed towards the end of the 1839-1842 hostilities between China and the West, the painting portrays two merchants J.A. Burran and William Hunter, who were two of Chinnery's closest friends and an English naval officer Willliam Hall, on the verandah of the property of Dent and Co. At least two preliminary sketches are known to exist for the drawing, dated 29 October 1842 and 2 December 1843. For further information about this important oil painting see P. Conner, op. cit., pp. 250-255.
We are grateful to Patrick Conner, for his help in preparing this catalogue entry.