Provenance:Martyn Gregory Catalogue 28, 1982, no. 32;
Patrick Conner, George Chinnery 1774-1852, Artist of India and the China Coast (1993), pl.94.
Further information:In 1821 Chinnery felt obliged to move away from Calcutta (Kolkata), where his debts were considerable, to Serampore (Serampur) some 15 miles up-river; in this Danish settlement British civil law did not apply. A contemporary described it as 'the haunt of all the big fraudulent bankrupts from the capital of the empire'.
Here he was visited by William and Mary Prinsep, who were ferried each day across the river Hugli from their bungalow at Barrackpore to have their portrait painted by Chinnery in Serampore. Subsequently, William Prinsep and a group of friends lent Chinnery the funds which enabled the artist to return to Calcutta for two years more.