Saturday, December 21, 2013

William Simpson

William Simpson (1823-1899) was a Scottish artist. One of his main activities was to act as a "war correspondent" during the Crimean War. Visiting the battlefields of the war, he painted watercolors, which he sent back to London to be turned into lithographs for publication. He was paid 20 pounds (a tidy sum) for each picture.

After the Crimea, he was active in India, Abyssinia, France, and Afghanistan. The guy got around. The pictures here are all from the Crimea.

 A Hot Day in the Batteries
 Balaclava, Looking Toward the Sea
 Charge of the light cavalry brigade, 25th Oct. 1854, under Major General the Earl of Cardigan
[this must be the famous "Charge of the Light Brigade"]
 Circassians at the Fort of Waia, 8th October 1855 (1858)
 Huts and Warm Clothing for the Army (1855)
 Distant View of Lord Raglan's Headquarters Before Sebastopol
 Embarkation of the Sick at Balaklava (1855)
 Lord Raglan's Headquarters at Khutor-Karagatch (1855)
 One of the wards of the hospital at Scutari 1856)
[I believe that's Florence Nightingale at center-left]
 Sebastopol from the Gun Battery on the Extreme Right of the French Attack (1855)
 The Attack on the Malakoff (1855)
 The Field of Inkermann
The New Works at the Siege of Sebastopol on the Right Attack

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