Chinnery was one of the few British artists to work in the Far East and was quite exceptional in settling there permanently. He lived in China from 1825 until his death.
This album of drawings contains scenes in India, where Chinnery had worked from 1802 until 1825, as well as Hong Kong and Macao. He specialised in portraits and paintings of everyday scenes. Despite living for many years in China Chinnery, like almost all westerners, actually travelled in only a small part of the country. Most of his paintings and drawings show scenes in Macao or Canton.