Sir Henry Russell, 1st Baronet (1751-1836) judge in India
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About the artist
George Chinnery was born in London, the son of a writing master. He studied at the Royal Academy Schools. In 1796 he moved to Dublin and became Secretary of the Society of Artists in Ireland. In 1802 he returned to England and, later that year, left behind a wife and two children to travel to Madras as a painter for the East India Company. Here he painted portraits and published topographical etchings. In 1808, he moved to Dacca and, by 1812, was in Calcutta, where he became the principal portrait painter. However, he also ran up a debt of c.30,000 rupees. By 1825 he had fled to Macau on the coast of China. In Macau he painted portraits (particularly of expatriate merchants) and made topographical drawings. He died in the city, aged 74.
Samuel William Reynolds was a painter and engraver. Despite publishing his first prints in the mid-1790s, he found himself in debt by 1800 and came to rely upon the financial help of Samuel Whitbread MP. It was under Whitbread’s patronage that Reynolds was able to broaden his interests to include painting, architecture and landscape design. He exhibited paintings at the Royal Academy and British Institution and was also a collector; owning a group of drawings by Thomas Girtin. In 1809 he visited France for the first time and he went on to exhibit engravings at the Paris Salon in 1810 and 1812. Reynolds also worked in Paris on occasion, where he found a market for his paintings of landscapes and cottage scenes.