n.d. 1930. limited edition of 75.
Etching. 300 x 215mm.
Simpson, Joseph. 1879-1939. Painter and etcher of portraits and sporting subjects. He was born in Carlisle and studied art at Glasgow School of Art. He became a close friend of D.Y.Cameron and was elected RBA in 1909. Simpson designed covers for Edinburgh publishers and was a prolific designer of bookplates. In 1918 he became an official war artist for the RAF and was stationed in France. Simpson was already forty-five when he took up etching in 1925, at the height of the boom period for the medium. His first twenty or so plates were etched with a gramophone needle and printed by the artist himself on the small press lent to him by a local Carlisle printing firm. His first exhibition of etchings took place in Glasgow at Wishart Brown in March 1926. His friend Brangwyn wrote the catalogue introduction. A second highly successful show was staged in November 1926 by Alex, Reid and Lefevre in London. Simpson exhibited in Munich, Venice, Florence & Stockholm. (Print Collectors Quarterly 1932 )
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