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Henry Chamberlain (1796 - 1843)

Sir Henry "2nd Baronet Chamberlain" Chamberlain
Born in London, Englandmap
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Died at age 46 in Bermudamap
Profile last modified | Created 1 Jun 2018
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European Aristocracy
Sir Henry Chamberlain was a member of the aristocracy in Europe.


Henry was born in 1796. He was the son of Henry Chamberlain.

While a lieutenant of the Royal Artillery, he visited his father in Brazil in 1819–20. While there, he painted a series of landscapes and costumes of the city and neighbourhood of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. His watercolours formed the basis of a famous album of 36 lithographs, each accompanied by a detailed explanation of the particular subject, entitled Views and Costumes of the City and Neighbourhood of Rio de Janeiro. He tried to illustrate the entire range of Rio de Janeiro society, including slaves working on the streets. Art critics have noted a remarkable accuracy in his depictions of cityscapes, which have allowed a reconstruction of the layout of certain places, but the people that populate them appear rather flat. Chamberlain's art has been described as showing the humour typical of 18th-century English artists like William Hogarth.[1]

He reached the rank of captain, and served in New Zealand and Bermuda, where he died in 1843. He was buried in the Royal Naval Cemetery in Sandys Parish, Bermuda.[2]


  1. Entry for Henry Chamberlain in Encyclopaedia Itaú Cultural: Visual Arts. São Paulo: Itaú Cultural. 25 September 2013.
  2. Find a Grave memorial # 151250650.

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