Duck Pond

Charles Walter Simpson


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Duck Pond is an antique oil on panel by Charles Walter Simpson (British: 1885-1971). The art measures 5" x 7" and the gold ornate frame is 8 1/4" x 10 1/4". Signed in the lower left corner. 



The son of a Major-General, Charles Walter Simpson was born May 8, 1885 at Camberly in Surrey, into a family who had patronized a number of artists, including Millais and Watts.  He briefly studied under Lucy Kemp-Welch and in the early 20th century met and befriended Alfred Munnings, whom he accompanied to Cornwall in 1905.  Simpson fell in love with the area and soon set up a studio in Newlyn, before going on to marry Ruth Alison, one of Stanhope Forbes's pupils, in 1913.  The pair set up a painting school in St Ives and continued to live in Cornwall for most of their lives.

Laura Knight on her arrival in Newlyn in 1907 incorrectly described Simpson as one of Stanhope Forbes's students, although she did say he was one of his best, and added 'He was so prodigal with paint, he could be traced by the colour left on the brushes!'. The use of thick layers of impasto is a defining characteristic of Simpson's work, often showing the influence of his early mentors, Kemp-Welch and Munnings. He painted in oil, watercolor, and tempera of birds, animals, hunting scenes, landscapes, and marines. 

Studied art in Paris at Academie Julian.

Exhibited at the RA, RI, GI, in the provinces, at the Paris Salon and in the USA.

Elected RI in 1914, ROI in 1921, and is represented in several public collections.

He won a gold medal at the Panama International Exposition in San Francisco, a silver medal at the Paris Salon in 1923, and a gold medal at the Paris Olympic Exposition in 1924.

Author and illustrator of A Pastorale dated 1923, Leicestershire and Its Hunts dated 1926, Animal and Bird Painting dated 1938, and other works. Ref: AskArt


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