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SIMPSON, William (1823-1899)
Tomb of the Sons of David
Attr. WILLIAM SIMPSON (1823-1899): Tomb of the Sons of David (Interior of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre), c. 1869, watercolor and pencil on paper laid down on tinted paper mat, 6 1/4 x 5 inches. PROVENANCE: Parker Fine Art Auctions, Farnham, Surrey: November 26, 2020 as lot 10 (ascribed to “Circle of Thomas Allom''). View of the rotunda and Aedicula enclosing the Holy Sepulchre, showing large sail with the Jerusalem cross, groups of pilgrims (Franciscan monks) and locals conversing with a (Jesuit?) priest wearing a white cassock with the Christogram in the right foreground. DETAILED rendering of the Aedicula and its surroundings in their 19th century appearance (a fire ravaged the rotunda in 1808) with the chapel’s Osmanic Baroque-style decoration and massive candelabra. The perspective is vaguely reminiscent of David Roberts’ lithograph of the same subject. Formerly part of a set of 15 watercolors ascribable to the war artist William Simpson on material evidence and stylistic ground (cf. Bonhams, London: April 29, 2003, lot 40 watercolor of the Great Wall). L6B316
Bookseller: Arader Galleries - Rare Books [New York, NY, U.S.A.]
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