Herring Gulls Nesting
Herring Gulls Nesting
Herring Gulls Nesting
Herring Gulls Nesting
Herring Gulls Nesting
Herring Gulls Nesting


Herring Gulls Nesting

c. 1923 England

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Charles Walter Simpson RI ( 1885 - 1971) was an English painter. Simpson lived in Lamorna, Cornwall, England, in the early 1910s, and returned there in the 1930s, earning a reputation as an animal and bird painter. He exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1948. An exhibition of his work was held at Penlee House Gallery and Museum in 2005. Simpson was a leading figure in the St Ives art colony in the early 1920s. Born in Surrey, in 1885, Simpson was expected to follow his father into the army, but he suffered serious injury when thrown from a horse at the age of 15, the blow affecting both hearing and sight. His considerable talent for drawing led him to pursue a career in painting and he entered the Bushey School of Painting under Lucy Kemp-Welch—the great animal painter. It was in homage to another great animal painter, J. A. Arnesby Brown, that he first went to Cornwall to stay on a farm near St Erth. The move resulted in his first success at the Royal Academy in 1907 with "Autumn Ploughing". Later, with his wife, the portraitist Ruth Alison, he established the St Ives School of Art at the Piazza studios.
Painted one hundred years ago, this wonderful large work is an exceptional example of Simpsons work. It is of particular significance that the artist should have chosen to give this work to his daughter Eleanor, also a painter. The painting remained with her throughout her life. The work comes framed within its original hand made frame, as chosen by the artist.
Excellent having been cleaned
Eleanor Simpson, by descent.
Royal Academy 1923
Height 1500.00 cm (590.55 inches)
Width 1500.00 cm (590.55 inches)
External Height 1700.00 cm (669.29 inches)
External Width 1700.00 cm (669.29 inches)
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Oil on canvas
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