'Palanquin Bearers at Rest' by George Chinnery, priced at £58,000 from St James’s gallery Martyn Gregory.

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The signed 14 x 19in (35 x 49cm) pen and ink watercolour is dated to 1806, four years after Chinnery arrived in Madras from London and before he moved on to Dhaka and Calcutta and finally to the China coast.

Although Chinnery derived most of his income from portraits commissioned by the expatriate community, it was the local population, first in India then China, who inspired his most fluent and powerful drawing.

The work is priced at £58,000 from St James’s gallery Martyn Gregory, specialist in ‘China Trade’ paintings and Asian art by travelling Western and Eastern artists, who is taking part in Asian Art in London.