Charles Simpson (1878-1942)
Barnacle Geese in Flight
Oil on Board, 70 x 80cm / 75 x 85cm
Charles Simpson was born in Camberley, Surrey. Having failed to get in to the army due to health reasons Simpson went on to study painting. He studied under the famous animal and genre artist Lucy Kemp-Welch and then at the Atelier Julian in Paris (1910). Drawn to painting horses, Simpson studied under Sir Alfred J Munnings in the early 1900's. Under Munnings' suggestion Simpson went to Cornwall where he eventually settled with the artist Ruth Alison. With Alison, Simpson set up and ran Piazza Studios until 1924. Following a brief sojourn in London, then Lamorna, they finally settled near Penzance.
Simpson was particularly known for his paintings of birds and animals, which were both exhibited (including at the Royal Academy) and used as illustrations for books and for magazines such as Country Life.