SIMPSON, Henry

1853 - c.1921

Born at Nacton, near Ipswich, Suffolk this artist is noted in 'British Water Colour Artists' (1975) as being 'born at Nacton, Suffolk in 1853. A genre landscape and coastal painter who lived in London and exhibited from 1875. He lived in Suffolk and painted in Holland and Normandy. An exhibition of his work, including architectural and oriental subjects, was held at the Leicester Galleries in April 1910'. He died in London in 1921 but there are no deaths in London of that name in that year.

This is more likely to be this Henry Simpson who exhibited at the Leicester Galleries in 1910.
Born in Penrith, Cumbria in 1851 and baptised at Plumpton on Wall, son of John Simpson, grocer & draper and a farmer, and his wife Nancy. In 1861 john was a widower living at Plumpton Wall, Penrith with his three sons, Joseph 19, Henry 9 and Robert 6 and by 1881 his father's farm at Plumpton Wall had been taken by Henry's brother Joseph and where 29 year old Henry was an artist. Henry studied at the Slade School of Fine Art and in 1887 he joined the New English Art Club. Simpson was a friend and correspondent of James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903) and in 1889 was among those included in the preliminary preparations for a meal to be held at the Criterion on 1 May in celebration of Whistler's honorary membership of the Royal Academy in Munich, when living at Trafalgar Studios on Manresa Road, Chelsea. Landscape, coastal, architectural, genre and figure painter who exhibited at the Royal Academy 'A Pilgrim' (1878), 'Waiting for the Boats, Scheveningham' (1884) and 'From his Soldier Boy' (1886) also exhibiting at the Royal Institute of Oil Painters, Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours, Grosvenor Gallery, New Gallery, Fine Art Society, Dudley Gallery, New English Art Club; Society of British Artists and Leicester Galleries in 1910, also at the Royal Hibernian Academy in Dublin, Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts, Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool, Leicester Art Gallery and Manchester Art Gallery. His works include Head of a Young Girl (Musée Mesdag, La Haye) and he painted many coastal scenes in his native Suffolk. He reputably died in London on 31 August 1921.








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