Album of Indian watercolours and lithographs.

RIDGE George (1830.)


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48 watercolours, 2 pen & ink drawings (measuring 130 by 210mm laid down on leaves measuring 210 by 290mm) and 18 lithographs (measuring variously 200 by 275mm, 135 by 205mm or 120 by 110mm). Nearly all captioned, dated and signed in ink. Oblong 4to album. Half red morocco over red buckram, spine elaborately gilt. Bombay and elsewhere, March 1829 -

A substantial collection of expertly executed watercolours. The bulk of these are dated March 1829, and were probably completed while Ridge was on holiday. They are mostly sea and riverscapes along the west coast of India, nearly always with a boat in the foreground. Commencing with Point de Galle in Ceylon, the images include scenes of Malabar Coast, Kochi, the Hoogly River at Kolkata, Bombay (from Malabar Point, the harbour entrance), Trombay, Salsette Island, Elephanta Island, Porbandar, Vasai, and Tannah, before turning inland to Bhor Ghat and Kankroli. These are followed by the lithographs which were likely printed at Charles D'Oyly's Behar Amateur Lithographic Press, which he established in 1825 and whose most productive years were from 1828 to 1831.


George Ridge (1804-1831) was born in Lambeth and entered the army as a cadet in 1821. The following year he arrived in India. He was made lieutenant in 1825 and transferred as Adjutant to the 4th Local Horse. He was made second-in-command in 1828, and was transferred again to the 9th Light Cavalry. Finally, he was promoted to captain in 1830 and died shortly thereafter in Neemuch. He was quite prolific in this time and numerous examples of his work are at the British Library as well as the National Army Museum.


Patricia Katterhorn, British Drawings in the India Office Library, volume 3, London, 1995. p.276.

Stock Code: 225952

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