C. Vidal, Orchid, Matheran, India - Original 19th-century watercolour painting

An original 19th-century watercolour painting, C. Vidal Orchid, Matheran, India.

This delicate watercolour of an Indian wild orchid is heightened with white bodycolour.

Unsigned. Inscribed lower left, and ladi down on backing paper which is also inscribed as shown.
There is some minor foxing, principally on the backing paper.
18cm x 11.1cm.

This painting forms part of an interesting collection we have by C. Vidal depicting scenes around the Matheran landscape in India, dating from the late 19th century. There is one painting in the group by “General Hogg”, presumed to be Major-General George Crawford Hogg (1842-1941), who entered the Bombay Cavalry in 1858 and was Quartermaster General, Bombay 1891-95. It therefore is likely that Vidal was also a military man, who engaged in watercolour painting presumably as recreation and to record the spectacular and picturesque landscape around him in India. Most of the collection are signed and inscribed, and some are dated.


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