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Scots Guards - A Three Fold Screen Containing 18 Original Watercolours by Orlando Norrie

Ex: Colonel Sir Edward Warner, 2nd Bart, D.S.O., M.C., (1886-1955), late Scots Guards.

Comprising three ebonised giltwood panels fitted with double-acting folding screen hinges, each panel with six glazed compartments containing six 13.5cm x 21cm (5in x 8in) watercolours of Scots Guards in landscape settings. Eight depicting officers and men in Belgique shakos and uniform worn during the Napoleonic Wars, and ten in bearskin caps and summer/winter dress as worn at the time of the Crimean War (1854-55). Length of screen fully extended 190cm (75in). Each watercolour signed ‘O. Norie’.

Orlando Norie (1832-1901) was born to Scottish parents in Bruges, Belgium and spent most of his working life in France where he produced original works, primarily in watercolour, for the printmaking firm of Rudolf Ackermann in London. His talent was first recognised in the autumn of 1854 when his print of the Battle of the Alma was published by Ackermann. This was followed by prints of the battles of Inkermann and Balaclava. Ackermann’s Eclipse Sporting and Military Gallery served as the main outlet for many of Norie’s original works. He was viewed as the natural successor to Henry Martens (fl. 1825-1865), whose military paintings had been similarly popularised by Ackermann’s printmaking operation a generation earlier.

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