Chinnery: The Man and the Legend with a Chapter On Chinnery's Shorthand by Geoffrey W. Bonsall - Robin HutcheonHong Kong: South China Morning Post, 1975, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Good+ — in Good Dust Wrapper. Edges of the dust wrapper somewhat frayed, heavily so at the head of the upper panel, and a little tanned. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding which is also lightly soiled. Text complete, clean and tight.
Illustrated by way of: Colour Plates; Black & White Plates; Maps ;
From the cover: “This new study of the life of the British artist, George Chinnery (1774-1852) has been prepared by Robin Hutcheon following a series of newspaper articles he wrote in 1974 to commemorate Chinnery’s bicentenary.
The newspaper series has been extensively revised and rewritten and a good deal of new material has been included. A large number of coloured and black and white pictures have been incorporated.
A special chapter has been written on Chinnery’s shorthand by Mr Geoffrey Bonsall, Director of the Hongkong University Press, making this the most comprehensive and up-to-date record of Chinnery’s life and work.
The author, who has had a casual interest in Chinnery for many years, began a more serious study at the prompting of Dr J. R. Jones, who helped the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation assemble its major collection. Dr Jones, who collaborated with Mr Francis Lothrop, Hon. Trustee of the Peabody Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, U. S. A. on research into Chinnery’s life, made this available to the author who supplemented it with material collected by Mr Bonsall and others. The outcome was the newspaper articles in the Sunday Post-Herald, beginning in January 1974.
Since then the author has continued his investigations by correspondence with and personal visits to people in countries such as Britain, America, India, Japan and the Netherlands to collect information culminating in the present book.”