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The Seat of the War in the East by William Simpson

$ 19,182
  • Description
    SIMPSON, William.
    The Seat of the War in the East.
    Stock Code 111432
    London, Paul and Dominic Colnaghi & Co., 1855-1856.

    Current price $19,182.00
    The deluxe edition with the plates hand-coloured.

    During the Crimean War William Simpson (1823-1899), became a pioneer war artist: dispatched by the printsellers Colnaghi & Son (on Day's recommendation), he recorded the naval battles in the Baltic Sea and then went on to Balaklava in November 1854 to make accurate sketches on the spot. The drawings which he made during that terrible winter were submitted to Lord Raglan, sent home to England, and shown to Queen Victoria by the minister of war, the duke of Newcastle. After the fall of Sevastopol he was attached to the duke's party of exploration in Circassia. Eighty of his Crimean drawings were lithographed in The Seat of War in the East (2 volumes, 1855–6), which was dedicated with permission to Queen Victoria. When the original watercolours were exhibited at Colnaghi's gallery, Lord Elcho and other MPs called for them to be bought by the nation as a historic record of the war. On the advice of Sir Charles Eastlake, this proposal was rejected and the watercolours were sold off separately. Simpson returned to England with a brown beard long enough to button into his waistcoat, and he had an audience with the queen: he showed her his sketches and was much impressed by her grasp of every detail of the war. She commissioned The Queen Reviewing the Royal Artillery at Woolwich on their Return from the Crimea, 1856, and over the next thirty years was a steady patron for the painter. (ODNB).

    First edition, second issue; 2 vols, folio (56.5 x 38 cm); vol.I with the key plates tipped in but without the twelve pages of text, matching Abbey's copy, lithographed dedication page in vol.I, 81 tinted lithograph plates with hand colouring, including the two title pages, an additional mounted plate at the end of vol.I titled 'Spring in Crimea' (unsigned and not called for in Abbey), several plates and a few guards with expert repairs to edges, vol.II title mounted on a tab, a.e.g.; recent brown half morocco over contemporary purple-grey pebbled boards, spine with raised bands and gilt ruled, some staining and sunning to boards, a very good copy.

    Abbey Travel 237; Lipperheide 2121
  • More Information
    Documentation: Documented elsewhere (similar item)
    Period: 19th Century
    Styles / Movements: Traditional
    Dealer Reference #: 111432
    Incollect Reference #: 722208
  • Dimensions
    W. 14.96 in; H. 22.24 in;
    W. 38 cm; H. 56.5 cm;
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