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Simpson: Ditch of the Bastion du Mat

Simpson: Ditch of the Bastion du Mat
William Simpson.
Ditch of the Bastion du Mat.
W. Simpson del. E. Walker lith. Day & Son. Lithrs. to the Queen. Published Jany. 18th by Paul & Dominic Colnaghi & Co. 13 & 14 Pall Mall East – Publishers to her Majesty
Tinted lithograph with excellent hand colour.  Image 255 x 425mm. Slight tape stain at the top edge.
The French troops strengthening their fortifications during the Siege of Sevastapol.

The Crimean War (October 1853 – February 1856) was one of the first wars to be extensively covered by newspaper correspondents, in particular William Russell for 'The Times', and photographers, including the first official war photographer, Roger Fenton. William Simpson (1823-99), an artist sent out to record the war for printseller's Colnaghi, needed to compete with these new media. His 'The Seat of War in the East, from eighty-one drawings' was one of the last great colour plate books on a war.

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