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William Simpson (1823–1899) by unknown photographer, 1891 Christie's Images Ltd. (2004)

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Simpson, William (1823–1899), watercolour painter and journalist, was born on 28 October 1823 in a tenement in Carrick Street, Glasgow, the son of James Simpson (1791–1879), a marine engineer and mechanic, and his wife, Ann Johnstone (1786–1854). He spent fifteen months at a writing-school in ...