This is a very charming little original watercolour dating to the early 19th century.
It shows the encampment of a Scottish Highland Regiment at an Encampment in India
I note the red heckle in their bonnets and think that this is possibly a study of three soldiers in the Black Watch Regiment. I haven't been able to nail down the location - but I am thinking that it is probably a scene in India or Afghanistan - given the high rocky mountain peaks to the right-hand side.
These early images of Scottish regiments on the field jotted down on the spot are pretty rare items - and highly collectable - especially ones which are quite so attractive as this one.
Sadly - I am not a military historian so the identification of the regiment is rather conjectural. It is certainly quite a rare image of interest to collector's of Scottish military history and has lots of charm as an artwork.
It is signed bottom right by the artist - I sadly can't quite make out the signature but it looks like the surname starts: Dupp.... It is also dated 183[ ] in watercolour.
The little study was probably made on the spot by one of the officers in the Regiment and shows three soldiers getting ready to march out from camp. One is a drummer and is ready to lead out the parade - in the background is an officer in horseback - and more soldiers are seen disappearing into the hazy distance.
The scene is pre-Victorian in date.
The work is in a simple gold frame - this measures 24.5 x 29 cm.
The image is 11 x 17 cm. So a wee jewel.
Dear Valerie! Million Thanks for Very Great Picture and So Interesting Historical Heritage!!!!