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Alastair Gordon (1920-2002) - 1977 Watercolour, Phalaenopsis



A beautifully detailed watercolour and graphite botanical study of white Phalaenopsis flowers, commonly known as orchids, by the British artist Alastair Gordon. The inscriptions to the lower left-hand corner read: 'Phalaenopsis, Show-girl x Mad Hatter'. Well-presented in a card mount and in a distressed gilt effect frame. Signed and dated. On watercolour paper.


Painting in very good condition overall. Some trapped dirt and minor surface marks to the mount. Very small scuffs and marks to the frame.


49.4 x 41cm (19.4" x 16.1")
Sheet: 30.7 x 23cm (12.1" x 9.1")
Framed Size: 49.4 x 41.1cm (19.4" x 16.2")

Artist Biography

Alastair Ninian John Gordon, 6th Marquess of Aberdeen and Temair (20 July 1920 – 19 August 2002) was a Botanical artist, born the fourth son of Lord Dudley Gordon. He was raised at the family home of Haddo House and attended Harrow before entering Gray's School of Art. Commissioned into the Scots Guards in 1939, he served in the Middle East and North Africa before being invalided to Syria after an Irish Guardsman accidentally shot him in the shoulder. Returning to active service, he fought in Italy and North-West Europe before being demobilised as a staff captain in 1946. After leaving the services, he and fellow veteran and nobleman Earl Haig enrolled at Camberwell School of Arts & Crafts. It was at Camberwell that Gordon began to specialize in botanical paintings. Several exhibitions of his art would be held in London, New York, Chicago and Sydney. In 1950, he married the ceramic sculptor Anne Barry. Gordon was also a member of the International Association of Art Critics and the modern art correspondent for Connoisseur magazine in the 1960’s. Alastair Gordon inherited the title and became Lord Alastair Gordon, Marquess of Aberdeen and Temair on the death of his brother in 1984.

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Code kr887
Artist Alastair Gordon (1920-2002)
Date 1977
Dimensions 49.4 x 41cm
Framed Yes
Medium Watercolour
Style Realism
Subject Floral & Botanical
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