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Orlando Norie (1832-1901) Battle of the Alma Captain Cust attacking the Russians
  • Orlando Norie (1832-1901) Battle of the Alma Captain Cust attacking the Russians

    This is one of three works by Norie of the Battle of the Alma that we currently have for sale. This battle from the Crimean War was costly to both the allied expeditionary forces (British, French and Egyptians) and also to the Russians. The British took about 2,000 casualties which included Captain Horace William Cust who is depicted in this watercolour. Cust joined the Coldstream Guards on 7th April 1848 and embarked for the Crimean campaign in Feburary 1854. He served as the Aide-de Camp to Major-General Bentinck who commanded the Coldstream Guards at the Battle of the Alma on the 20th September 1854 before being mortally injured by a Russian canon blast (depicted in another drawing by Norie we have for sale). 


    In this work Captain Cust is leading the Coldstream Guards up the hill against the defending Russians. Cust is the leading British soldier in the centre thrusting his officer sword at the enemy.


    Medium: watercolour on paper, signed l.r. 'O. Norie', 30.5 x 45.5 cm, framed.


    Provenance: The Parker Gallery (2 Albermarle Street, London) - bought together with the other two works of the Battle of the Alma in 1952 by the same previous owner. Inscribed on mount 'Battle of the Alma, Sept 20th 1854. Captain Cust of the Coldstream Guards attacking the Russians.'


    Condition report: some fading and time stains visible as shown in photographs. The frame has a few scuffs as shown in photos (particularly in the top left-hand corner).

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