George Chinnery, an English painter who spent most of his life in Asia.
He was that providential and all-too-rare combination of the right man in the right place at the right time. If not for him, our vision of the China coast in the early years of the nineteenth century would remain deficient, our understanding of Macau less secure and our grasp of its humanity lacking in intimacy.
His was the faithful record not only of the greater panoramas in his oils and watercolours but also of every lovingly captured detail in his minute pencil sketches.
Chinnery in China presents a portrait of the artist as an old and crotchety but immensely gifted man, just the way Chinnery would have wanted it.