The North Side of the Harbour of Sebastopol. From the top of the Harbour, 22 June 1855

Joseph Needham
Day and Son
William Simpson (1823 - 1899)

Coloured lithograph

published 25 October 1855
  • About the work
    Location
    Country: Ukraine
    City: Kiev
    Place: British Embassy
  • About the artist
    Watercolourist and painter William Simpson was born in Glasgow, the son of a marine engineer and mechanic. He trained as a lithographer under David Macfarlane and later Allan and Ferguson, and also studied at the Glasgow School of Design. In 1851 he moved to London to work for the lithographers Day & Son. He was sent to cover the Crimean War in 1854, after which he became known as ‘Crimean Simpson’. In 1866 he became an artist for the ‘Illustrated London News’, travelling in India, Russia and Afghanistan, and covering several major military campaigns of the 19th century. In 1874 he became a member of the Institute of Painters in Watercolour. He was also an amateur archaeologist and a prolific writer. Simpson died in London, aged 75.
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  • Details
    Title
    The North Side of the Harbour of Sebastopol. From the top of the Harbour, 22 June 1855
    Date
    published 25 October 1855
    Medium
    Coloured lithograph
    Acquisition
    Purchased from Abbott and Holder, March 1995
    GAC number
    16905