The watercolours in the present album are remarkable for their breadth of subject matter and well-preserved condition. Although one of the most important figures in the genre of military painting, little is known about Norie. He came from a family of Edinburgh painters and decorators and was the nephew of Frederick Norie. From 1869 he worked from a studio near the army depots at Aldershot and exhibited between 1876 and 1889. Norie was employed by Ackermann and Co. of Regent Street who managed his picture sales and employed him to make lithographs from his drawings of the battles of the Alma, Balaklava and Inkerman in the Crimean War (Ackermann's Military Battles November 1854-January 1855). It is not certain whether Norie went to the Crimean or not but certainly the watercolours in the present album which depict the battles and also daily life of the soldiers in the Crimean have a spontaneity and immediacy that is not always found in Norie's depictions of historical subjects. D. Millar The Victorian Watercolours and Drawings in the Collection of Her Majesty the Queen, London, 1995, p. 656 suggests that Norie may have based his work on the drawings of his Uncle. 66 watercolours by Norie are in the Royal Collection, see D. Millar, op.cit., pp. 656 - 664.
Henry Martin was a painter in oils and watercolour, specialising in the depiction of officers uniforms and battle pieces. He also worked for Ackermann's the publishers.