Chinnery, George (DNB00)

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CHINNERY, GEORGE (fl. 1766–1846), portrait and landscape painter, first exhibited some crayon portraits at the Free Society in 1766y and some miniature portraits at the Royal Academy in 1791. At this period he resided at No. 4 Gough Square, Fleet Street. In 1798 he was in College Green, Dublin, and was much patronised oy the Lansdowne family. He became a member of the Royal Hibernian Academy. In 1801, at an exhibition held in the Parliament Houae, Dublin, he had eleven pictures—six portraits and five landscapes. In the following yearwe find him in London, and nothing is known of him until 1830, in which year he sent from Canton to the Royal Academy two portraits, vis. 'Dr. Morrison engaged in translating the Bible into the Chinese language,' and 'The Portrait of a Hong Merchant.' In 1846 his own portrait was in the Royal Academy. It is supposed that Chinnery accompanied Lord Macartney to China; however, he lived in that country for many years, visiting India, and died at Macao about 1800. In the hall of the Royal Dublin Society there is an oil-painting of a lady, seated, considered to represent Maria, marchioness of Lansdowne. There are in the print room of the British Museum a few slight sketches of Indian figures, and also a small quarto volume of etchings by Chinnery entitled 'A Series of Miscellaneous rough Sketches of Oriental Heads.' Published by W. Thacker & Co., Calcutta. These etchings bear the dates of 1839 and 1840. At Knowsley Hall there are two oil-paintings, 'A Chinese Landscape, the English Factory and the Town and Bay of Macao,' and 'View of Macao.' At the South Kensington Museum in 1867 was exhibited the portrait of Hugh Hamilton.

[Redgrave's Dictionary of Artists, 1878; Royal Academy Catalogues; manuscript notes in the British Museum.]

L. F.