George Chinnery Colonel Woodburn of the Bengal Artillery c.1803

Artwork details

Artist
George Chinnery 1774–1852
Title
Colonel Woodburn of the Bengal Artillery
Date c.1803
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 476 x 375 mm
frame: 662 x 560 x 85 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Bequeathed by Alan Evans 1974
Reference
T01910
Not on display

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Britain’s military and administrative presence in India provided a wealthy market for painters prepared to travel there. Chinnery worked in India from 1802 until 1825, and established a distinguished portrait practice.

The Bengal Artillery had been founded in the middle of the eighteenth century, as Britain stepped up its military role on the subcontinent. The vegetation around the Colonel, especially slender palm tree visible on the left, is clearly non-Western. Nevertheless this portrait is basically a conventional image of a military officer, posed informally.

August 2004

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