Chinese Junks, 1850

This painting of a Chinese junk off a mountainous coastline displays the vessel for its own sake without any reference to an historic event. Its 'exotic' build and appearance, enhanced by the colourful painterly style, would have appealed to 19th-century audiences all over Europe. Although no available documentary evidence confirms it, this portrait has been attributed to Chinnery, who worked in China for much of his later life.

Object Details

ID: BHC1180
Collection: Fine art
Type: Painting
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Chinnery, George
Date made: 1850?
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Macpherson Collection
Measurements: Painting: 454 x 601 x 11 mm

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