Among British artists Chinnery is unusual. He spent the last 50 years of his life in India and on the China coast, where he died and lies buried, and most of his best work was done in the East. Other “orientalist” artists might dip a toe (sometimes more) into Asia, and return to make a living by working up and recycling sketches, but Chinnery never came back. In Calcutta, Canton and Macau he became an exotic creature himself — exuberant, droll, unpredictable — a man who relished his status as the oldest of old hands on the China coast.View Source
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