10th Apr, 2024 10:30 GMT/BST

Books, Maps & Manuscripts

  Lot 88


Chinnery (George) 1774-1852
A sketch-book containing a variety of pen & ink sketches attributed to George Chinnery.
Approximately 38 sketches on thirteen pages, various oriental scenes, believed to be Chinese, include a breast-feeding woman, men praying, squatting, smoking, sleeping and working on boats, a dog, cattle, various boats including a full page sketch of men loading a large boat with reeds or straw (surface abrasion). Chinnery's shorthand notes present in places.
Evidence of the removal of pages, nine leaves present, leaf size 25cm x 17cm, tear to first leaf, surface tears to two sketches, a few indistinct pencil works, light dust marking. A small watercolour of a garden scene is loosely inserted, the reverse is inscribed in pencil ‘? Chinnery Esq’.
Worn half roan binding with marbled boards. ‘Sketches by Mr Chinnery’ written on front pastedown. This is followed in different ink by ‘Harriet Paget, given to her by E.P. 1826. Lent to Henry W. Paget to take to ??? with him May 16th 1837. It consists of nine leaves [erased word]’. In the centre of the pastedown is the name Edw’d Paget.

[General Sir Edward Paget GCB 1775-1849 was a British Army Officer, Governor of Ceylon and Commander-in-Chief in India, conducting the Burmese campaigns in 1824 to 1825.
Henry W. Paget, 1768-1854, 1st Marquess of Anglesey, Earl of Uxbridge, lost his leg at Waterloo].

Not Sold


Auction: Books, Maps & Manuscripts, 10th Apr, 2024

The sale includes a sketchbook of drawings of Southern China attributed to George Chinnery. English artist George Chinnery (1774-1852) left an extraordinary record of everyday life in Southern China in the early to mid-19th century, which has become an important source of historical information on the region.

Further highlights include an interesting archive of letters and ephemera relating to the composer and bandmaster Charles Coote (1809-1880), personal pianist to William Cavendish, the 6th Duke of Devonshire, and bandmaster and composer for stage productions put on by Charles Dickens. There is also several collections of 19th century photographs including an outstanding album with many views of Eton College and the River Thames at Windsor, Trinity College Cambridge, Switzerland, Gibraltar and Malta as well as an important photographic record of the Challenger Expedition, generally considered to be the foundation of oceanography. 

Single owner collections include a large quantity of books on Polar Exploration and early Whaling. We are also pleased to offer a selection of books from the library of Fred Gettings, prolific author and expert on astrology, symbolism and arcane lore. The library includes many early editions of Nostradamus with several manuscript works on the famous French astrologer.


Tuesday 9th April 10am-5pm and morning of sale from 8am

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