It was as a portrait draughtsman that Henry Edridge earned both his contemporary reputation and his living. His watercolour landscapes are less well known and relatively rare. They seem mostly to date from the early years of the nineteenth century when he was to be found sketching in the vicinity of Fetcham in Surrey and especially at Bushey in Hertfordshire. These were the two country retreats of the physician, collector and amateur draughtsman Thomas Monro who in the 1790s established an informal 'academy' for landscape artists at his London house in the Strand. Edridge's watercolours tend to show cottages, farms and country lanes, and are generally executed in a palette of russets, browns and yellow-greens.
Gallery label, September 2004