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William Simson (1800 – August 29, 1847) was a Scottish portrait, landscape and subject painter.

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Simson was born at Dundee in 1800. He studied under Andrew Wilson at the Trustees' Academy in Edinburgh, and his early pictures of landscape and marine subjects found quick sales. He then turned his attention to figure painting, producing the "Twelfth of August" in 1829, which was followed by "Sportsmen Regaling" and a "Highland Deer-stalker" in 1830.

In 1830 he was elected as a member of the Scottish Academy; and, having acquired some means by portrait-painting, he spent three years in Italy. On his return in 1838 he settled in London, where he exhibited his "Camaldolese monk showing Relics," his "Cimabue and Giotto," his "Dutch Family," and his "Columbus and his Child" at the Convent of Santa María de la Rábida.

Simson was most talented as a landscapist; his "Solway Moss Sunset," exhibited in the Royal Scottish Academy of 1831 and now in the National Gallery in Edinburgh, ranks as one of the finest examples of the early Scottish school of landscape. His elder brother George (1791-1862), a portrait-painter, was also a member of the Royal Scottish Academy, and his younger brother David (d. 1874) practised as a landscape-painter.

He died in London on the 29th of August 1847.

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This article incorporates text from the Encyclopædia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, a publication now in the public domain.


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From LoveToKnow 1911

WILLIAM SIMSON (1800-1847), Scottish portrait, landscape and subject painter, was born at Dundee in 1800. He studied under Andrew Wilson at the Trustees' Academy, Edinburgh, and his early pictures - landscape and marine subjects - found a ready sale. He next turned his attention to figure painting, producing in 1829 the "Twelfth of August," which was followed in 1830 by "Sportsmen Regaling" and a "Highland Deerstalker." In the latter year he was elected a member of the Scottish Academy; and, having acquired some means by portrait-painting, he spent three years in Italy, and on his return in 1838 settled in London, where he exhibited his "Camaldolese monk showing Relics," his "Cimabue and Giotto," his "Dutch Family," and his "Columbus and his Child" at the Convent of Santa Maria la Rabida. He died in London on the 29th of August 1847. Simson is greatest as a landscapist; his "Solway Moss - Sunset," exhibited in the Royal Scottish Academy of 1831 and now in the National Gallery, Edinburgh, ranks as one of the finest examples of the early Scottish school of landscape. His elder brother George (1791-1862), portrait-painter, was also a member of the Royal Scottish Academy, and his younger brother David (d. 1874) practised as a landscape-painter.


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