Captain Booth rides off to join his regiment, an illustration to Fielding's Amelia pen and ink and wash 12.5 x 11.2cm (4 15/16 x 4 7/16in).
PROVENANCE: With Thos Agnew & Sons Ltd, London
ILLUSTRATED: Patrick Conner, George Chinnery 1774-1852, Artist of India and the China Coast, Antiques Collector's Club Ltd, 1999, p. 47, ill.
As well as being a prominent portraitist, George Chinnery also tried his hand as a book illustrator. His drawings of scenes from Henry Fielding's Amelia can be dated to the years before his departure in 1802 for India, where there would have been no prospect of publication. They are sketched in a casual, angular style, with figures posed a little stiffly against an impressionistic background, which is also to be seen in Chinnery's sketches made during his early years a Madras. In the present lot, Booth is seen riding off in his officer's uniform to join his regiment at Gibraltar; he pauses to look back at the house in which he has left his pregnant wife - a situation with which Chinnery may possibly have had some sympathy.1
1. Patrick Conner, George Chinnery 1774-1852, Artist of India and the China Coast, Antiques Collector's Club Ltd, 1999, p. 47