Baynton-Williams Gallery: Fine Antiquarian Maps and Prints

Simpson: Valley of The Shadow Of Death

Simpson: Valley of The Shadow Of Death
William Simpson.
The Valley of The Shadow Of Death. Caves in the Woronzoff Road Behind the 21 Gun Battery.
W. Simpson delt. J. Needham lith. Day & Son, Lithrs. to the Queen. Published June 11th 1855 by Paul & Dominic Colnaghi & Co., 13 & 14 Pall Mall East – Publishers to her Majesty.
Tinted lithograph with excellent hand colour.  Image 255 x 445mm. Slight tape stain at the top edge.
Tennyson immortalised the Battle of Balaclava with his poem The Charge of the Light Brigade:
Half a league half a league,
Half a league onward,
All in the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred:
'Forward, the Light Brigade
! Charge for the guns' he said:
Into the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.

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, was perhaps influenced by the realism of Fenton's photographs: both men show the road strewn with cannon balls.

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