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William Simpson


William Simpson was a Scottish artist and war correspondent, best known as his war imagery. He was born into a poor an abusive family in Glasgow, Simpson didn't begin to receive a formal education until 1834 when he was sent to live with his grandmother. It was a turning point in his life that eventually led to him becoming an apprentice at the Glasgow lithographic firm of Macfarlane. 

Simpson was involved with the Crimean War, which resulted in the "The Seat of the War in the East" portfolio; the Franco-Prussian War; Afghan War; and the Indian Rebellion of 1857, although he didn't arrive to put things together until 1859.