Offered is a fine watercolor painting, measuring 11" by 15" inside the linen mat, and 17" by 20 3/4". The work is signed at the lower left by English watercolorist Stanley Orchart and is dated there 56, and the word "Corse" is there as well. Corse is an historic town in Dorset (southern England), and the ruins of the ancient church built in the 12th century, are seen in the distance at left center. The colors used are subdued, basically various shades of gray, tan, and brown. The street is quiet and empty, the thatched roof house at left keeping guard. There is not much biographical information on Orchart. He studied at the Leeds School of Art and throughout his life painted all over England, especially in his native Bedfordshire and East Anglia, but also on the European continent in Paris and Venice. The Queen Mother was known to be a patron, and many artists today proudly proclaim that they had the opportunity to study with Orchart, a man who surely knew how to paint. Oils and watercolors appear frequently at auction and they are consistently very finely executed technically. This painting is in excellent condition. It bears old labels from a previous owner in New Jersey, and from a framing shop in Montreal, Canada.