A watercolour showing 3 officers of the Royal Artillery by Orlando Norie (1832-1901) with signature to the centre bottom of the painting. The soldiers are seen relaxing by their tent with one pouring a drink whilst another sits on an X frame stool and chats with the third, whose horse is being led away. The scene suggests that it is the end of the working day and the officers may well have been on manoeuvres. The tent has a table (which does not look to fold), what may be a bed with a trunk to the front and several items hanging from the tent pole. Although a little older, Norie was a contemporary of Richard Simkin and the 2 artists were probably the most prolific painters of military subjects at the end of the 19th century. Of Scottish ancestry Norie, was born in Bruges but spent a number of years working in Dunkirk painting for the firm of Rudolf Ackermann. He gained early recognition for his Crimean War paintings of a number of the famous battles and was highly regarded by Ackermann. Besides exhibiting through the company, he also showed at the Royal Academy and the New Watercolour Society between 1876 and 1889. He kept a studio at Aldershot so that he could study his subjects first hand and it is possible that the location of this painting could be somewhere near to the army camp. Original works of art showing camp scenes are not easy to come by and naturally ones by such well-known artists are even more sort after. Circa 1890.
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