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SIMPSON, William (1823-1899)
Temple Excavated out of the Solid Rock at Petra
Attr. WILLIAM SIMPSON (1823-1899): Temple Excavated out of the Solid Rock at Petra, c. 1869, watercolor and pencil on paper laid down on tinted paper mat, 5 3/4 x 7 inches. PROVENANCE: Parker Fine Art Auctions, Farnham, Surrey: November 26, 2020 as lot 10 (ascribed to “Circle of Thomas Allom”). PICTURESQUE sunset view of the archeological city of Petra in southern Jordan showing the rock tombs behind the Treasury at the foot of the mountain en-Nejr and its stone theatre embedded within rose-colored mountain walls. Pictorial representations of Petra date back to the explorations of Léon de Laborde and Linant Pasha (Linant de Bellefonds) in 1828. The narrative and lithographs of David Roberts further modeled a Romanticized vision of Petra during the Victorian Age which it is tempting to connect with Simpson’s markedly serene rendition of the ancient city. Attribution to William Simpson is based on stylistic grounds (see Bonhams, London: April 29, 2003, lot 40 watercolor of the Great Wall) and technical observation of paper watermark “J Whatman” being congruent with description of signed watercolor album sold at Christie’s: London, October 4, 1999, lot 106 (see “A Ruined Temple & the Broken Statue of Memnon at Thebes” watercolor with identical provenance).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 I … [Click Below for Full Description]
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