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Singers' Farm near Bushey, Hertfordshire; a farmhouse of timber and plaster, with tiled roof, woman with a bundle of faggots and other figures outside, sheds and outhouses at left, a path leading past a pond near the foreground. 1811
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Height: 315 millimetres
Width: 469 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Stainton 1985
Edridge worked chiefly as a portraitist in pencil and wash but he was associated with Dr Monro's circle and made a number of landscape watercolours. The rich colours of the present drawing are typical of his palette in contrast to the cooler blues and greys used by most of his contemporaries.
He rented a cottage at Bushey in 1811 and made at least one other watercolour of Singer's or Sherwood's Farm ('Farmhouse with Pigs in the Victoria and Albert Museum', dated 15 October 1811). It also appears in a drawing in the Victoria and Albert Museum by Thomas Hearne, in a version of the present watercolour attributed to William Henry Hunt (Yale Center for British Art), and in a drawing by Dr Monro's son Henry in a private collection (reproduced in Andrew Wilton, 'British Water-colours 1750 to 1850', 1977, pl.61).
Dr Monro's circle treated the cottage subject with a realism totally at odds with the sentimentality of Cristall's idealisation (1980,1011.1). Edridge's particular notion of the Picturesque is indicated by a revealing parallel expresed in a letter to Dr Monro written in 1817 describing his delight with what he saw in France: "Magnificence and Filth - the Formal and the Picturesque" (quoted in Hammond Smith, 'The Landscapes of Henry Edridge, A.R.A.', in 'The Old Water-Colour Society's Club', Vol. lii, 1977, pp.9-24).
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1985, BM, British Landscape Watercolours 1600-1860, no.71
2002 July-Sep, London, Tate Britain, Thomas Girtin & the Art of Watercolour
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