SIMPSON, William. Glasgow 28.10.1823 — London 17.8.1899. British (Scots) Artist. Of modest origin, became famous as newspaper illustrator. He illustrated Crimean war and travelled in 1859-62 in India preparing sketches (like Daniell). Also visited Ladakh. The book project was a failure and the publisher went bankrupt. Further travels in Russia and 1868 in Ethiopia, soon illustrating the Franco-Prussian war, then 1872 China and 1873 U.S.A. Again in India with the Prince of Wales in 1877. In 1878-79 in Afghanistan. Married, one daughter.
Publications: India Ancient and Modern. 50 pl. with text by J. Kaye. 1867.
– “Pujahs in the Sutlej Valley, Himalayas”, JRAS 16, 1884, 13-30; “The Trisula Symbol”, JRAS 22, 1890, 299-317.
– The Buddhist Praying Wheel. 303 p. 48 fig. L. 1896.
– The Autobiography of William Simpson. Ed. by G. Eyre-Todd. L. 1903; a few further books.
Sources: Wikipedia with furter references, photo and samples of his work.
SINCLAIR, William Frederick. 18?? — 1900. British Civil Servant in India. Served in 1871-94 in forest administration in Bombay Presidency.
Publications: Archaeological and ethnographical notes in IA in the 1870s; also wrote on Indian nature.
– A note on animals in Jātakas, JRAS 20, 1888, 542-544; “Indian Names for English Tongues”, JRAS 21, 1889, 159-178.
– Transl. with D. W. Ferguson: The Travels of Pedro Texeira. L.: Hakluyt Soc. 1902.
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