• Alexander, William

    1767 - 1816

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  • Ashworth, Edward

    1814 - 1896

    The Englishman Edward Ashworth {1814 - 1896} was an architect and surveyor who left London in 1842 on the ship Tuscan. He sailed to Port Philip, Australia and then Auckland, New Zealand. In May 1844 he sailed to Hong Kong on the American Ship, Navigator. He visited Macau on his way to Hong Kong. He lived in Hong Kong in 1844 and 1845. While he lived on the China coast he drew pictures of buildings, architectural details and streets in Canton and Macau. The drawings he made while living in Hong Kong recorded some of the earliest buildings in the new city of Victoria.

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  • Baptista, Marciano Antonio

    1826 - 1896

    The talented artist Marciano Baptista was born in Macau. He was considered Macau's best nineteenth century painter. As a student he attended school at St Joseph's seminary. As a young man he met the English artist, George Chinnery. Legend has it that he followed him around and helped mixing his colours. In the late 1840s he moved to Hong Kong and in 1857 he was living at 2 Oswald's Terrace with his growing family.

    In Hong Kong besides painting he taught art. Some of his paintings were used to illustrate stories in the Illustrated London News. He was also an accomplished photographer.

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  • Boncompain, Pierre

     

    In 1988 I had the good fortune to meet the talented French artist, Pierre Boncompain, in Paris. In his studio he showed me colour and form which was both stylish and harmonious, reflecting the countryside and shades of Provence where he was brought up. I thought his work was exceptional and as a result we held three exhibitions of his pictures in our gallery in Hong Kong in the late 1980s and in the 1990s.
     
    Over the years we have followed his progress and visited a number of his exhibitions in France, at Chateau Chenonceau, Valeurise, and Menton. In 2002 he held an exhibition at the Shanghai Museum of Art. We are proud to show our small collection of lithographs from the late eighties and early nineties combined with some of his recent work on paper.
     
    In 2007 we visited Pierre again in his studio in Paris. We were lucky enough to be shown some of his magnificent oil paintings he had recently painted for a patron in the USA.
     
    Jonathan & Vicky Wattis March 2007
     
    References:
    Notes from an exhibition held at Wattis Fine Art in 2007
     

     

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  • Borget, Auguste

    1808 - 1877

    The French artist Auguste Borget was born in Issoudun in France on 28th August 1808.. He studied painting in Paris and became one of the most widely travelled artists of his time.

    In 1836 at the age of 28  he embarked on a voyage around the world. He visited New York  and then he continued his journey to South America where he painted many views of towns, people and the countryside. A number of these were published as lithographs to illustrate his book, Fragments d'un voyage autour du monde in 1845.

    He spent 1838 and 1839 living in Macau and on the China Coast. He painted some of the earliest views of Hong Kong which were later published as lithographs in 1842 in Sketches of China and the Chinese.  There were other views of Macau, Canton and the Pearl River featured in the same book.

    References:

    Hutcheon, Robin  Souvenirs of Auguste Borget      1979
    Auguste Borget  peintre - voyageur autour du monde  1999 Exposition, Musee de L'Hospice Saint -Roch, Issoudun.

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  • Chinnery, George

    1774 - 1852

    The British artist George Chinnery spent nearly twenty seven years living in Macau between 1825 - 1852, recording images of the China coast which became a lasting documentary. He spent his early career in England and Ireland, he then spent twenty-three years in India, before moving to China. Despite the changing fashions of nineteenth century England, Chinnery's art retained the feel of the 1790s, when the rising star was Sir Thomas Lawrence. Also the young J.M.W. Turner was his close contemporary at the Royal Academy Schools. Chinnery became one of the the leading artists of British India in the early 1800s, recognised for his artistic style and for his flamboyant personality. To escape his creditor he sailed in 1825 to the China coast, where he received patronage from the wealthy trading community.

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  • Collison-Morley, Lieut-Colonel Harold Duke

    Harold Duke Collison-Morley studied art at the Slade School of Art in London and also in Paris before joining the army. He lived and worked in Hong Kong in 1909 and 1910. He produced a series of six lithographs of humourous scenes which were published by the South China Morning Post in 1909. These included, On the Peak Road, Shady Chracters, B'long Hongkong Rickshaw, On The Praya, The Happy Valley.

    Lieutenant Colonel Harold Duke Collison-Morley worked in Australia prior to the first world war. He was killed in Flanders at the Battle of Loos in September 1915.He is listed in Guichards book of British Etchers.

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  • Daniell, Thomas

    1749 - 1840

    In 1784, the English artist Thomas Daniell received permission from the East India Company to travel to India "to follow his profession of an engraver." He was accompanied by his nephew, William Daniell, who was also a good painter. They travelled on board the East Indiaman Atlas to China and continued to Bengal in a country vessel, reaching India by early 1786.

    They returned to China in 1793. At this time England was at war with France and so the Daniells joined a convoy of thirteen East Indiamen and three foreign vessels which left Macao in March 1794 with Lord Macartney and the members of his embassy for the return leg of their journey from China.

    Their travels both to and in India and China resulted in some fine paintings which would in turn would be made into beautiful aquatints. A Picturesque Voyage to India by the way of China was published in 1810. It records the journey from England, with scenes taken at Madeira, the Cape of Good Hope, Java, Macao, Canton, the Straits of Malacca, and Calcutta. The work also contains images of Malays and Chinese. As with other works by the Daniells, the book has become rare.
     

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  • Daniell, Thomas & William

    1749 -1840; 1769 - 1837

    In 1784, the English artist Thomas Daniell received permission from the East India Company to travel to India "to follow his profession of an engraver." He was accompanied by his nephew, William Daniell, who was also a good painter. They travelled on board the East Indiaman Atlas to China and continued to Bengal in a country vessel, reaching India by early 1786.

    They returned to China in 1793. At this time England was at war with France and so the Daniells joined a convoy of thirteen East Indiamen and three foreign vessels which left Macao in March 1794 with Lord Macartney and the members of his embassy for the return leg of their journey from China.

    Their travels both to and in India and China resulted in some fine paintings which would in turn would be made into beautiful aquatints. A Picturesque Voyage to India by the way of China was published in 1810. It records the journey from England, with scenes taken at Madeira, the Cape of Good Hope, Java, Macao, Canton, the Straits of Malacca, and Calcutta. The work also contains images of Malays and Chinese. As with other works by the Daniells, the book has become rare.

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