Great Exhibition, 1851. The British Department, Viewed from the Transept.
Colour lithographpublished 31 December 1851
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.
- Great Exhibition, 1851. The British Department, Viewed from the Transept.
- published 31 December 1851
- Colour lithograph
- height: 44.00 cm, width: 57.00 cm
- Purchased from Grosvenor Prints, March 2001
- below image: GREAT EXHIBITION 1851 / THE BRITISH DEPARTMENT, VIEWED FROM THE TRANSEPT. / [left] CHROMOGRAPHED BY W.SIMPSON ; [right] DAY & SON, LITH.RS TO THE QUEEN / [left] NO.2 / [centre] LONDON, PUBLISHED DEC.R 31.ST 1851, BY ACKERMANN & CO. 96 STRAND
- Grosvenor Prints, London
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