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SIMPSON, William (1823-1899)
The Walls of Jerusalem
Attr. WILLIAM SIMPSON (1823-1899): The Walls of Jerusalem, c. 1869, watercolor and pencil on paper laid down on tinted paper mat, 5 x 6 ½ inches. PROVENANCE: Parker Fine Art Auctions, Farnham, Surrey: November 26, 2020 as lot 10 (ascribed to Circle of Thomas Allom ). BEAUTIFUL panoramic view of Jerusalem showing the Eastern wall and the Dome of the Rock with a pastoral gathering in the foreground. Highly finished watercolor from a set of 15 views formerly preserved in red and gilt leather tooled album, maybe intended as a souvenir or for publication. Attribution based on stylistic proximity to Simpson s late period (compare Bonhams, London: April 29, 2003, lot 40 watercolor of the Great Wall) and material evidence incl. paper watermark "J Whatman" (see A Ruined Temple & the Broken Statue of Memnon at Thebes from the same set) matching characteristics of signed watercolor album sold at Christie s: London, October 4, 1999, lot 106. Remembered as a war artist in the Crimean War, William Simpson documented the battle of Sebastopol for lithographers Day & Son in 1855, before joining the British Army as a camp follower in Abyssinia and covering the Franco-German War in 1870. In 1869, Simpson was commissioned to sketch the opening of the Suez Canal for the Illustrated London News. During the same time he visited Jerusalem on behalf of the Palestine Exploration Fund to record the excavations of Charles Warren. It is tempting to situate the present watercolor within the context of Simpson s archeological interest in Classical Antiquity. VERY ATTRACTIVE prospect from the cultural hig … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Arader Galleries - Rare Books [New York, NY, U.S.A.]
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