SIMPSON, Tom

1847 - 1929

Thomas Simpson was born at Great Russell Street, St Paul Covent Garden, London on 14 January 1847, fourth of the ten children of Thomas Bartlett Simpson (1806-22 June 1872), a hotelier, and his wife Jane née Meek (1814-), who married at Strand, London on 24 November 1841. In 1881, Tom, as he was known, was a 34-year-old figure painter, living at West House, Clapham Common, Streatham, London with his 66-year-old widowed mother Jane, a house proprietor, and five sister siblings, Jane 39, Emma 38, Maria 36, Lydia 25 and Kate 22 all born in London. Tom married at Wandsworth, London in 1889, Mary Katherine Russell. In 1901, a 54-year-old artist in watercolour, living at Layer Breton Lodge, Kelvedon, Essex with his 36-year-old wife Mary and their 7-year-old daughter Marjorie, born Battersea, London. As Tom Simpson, a member of the Ipswich Art Club 1901-1915 and exhibited from Layer Breton in 1901, eight watercolours 'Changing Patterns', 'An Essex Homeland', 'On the Hythe, Maldon', 'The Street, Cley', 'Pea Pickers', 'Goldhanger Old Rectory', 'The Avenue Goldhanger' and 'At Blakeney Quay' and exhibited in subsequent years and in 1916 exhibited ten works 'Autumn Tints', 'Llandrindod Weels, Mid Wales', 'Fishing Boats and Nets Drying', 'Mauve Anemones', 'Mauve and White Anemones', 'Exterior, Barn Cottage, Wales', 'Oriental Poppies, Red and Terra Cotta', 'Wooded Landscape, Mid Wales', 'Oriental Poppies' and 'At the Meadow Gate'. He also exhibited at Dudley Gallery; Glasgow Institute of Fine Art; Walker Art Gallery; London Salon; New English Art Club, where he showed 'From Southwold Pier'; The Royal Academy; Royal Society of British Artists, where he showed 'Views at Walberswick', and London Walker's Gallery. He and his wife were still living at Layer Breton Lodge in 1911 and where he was a churchwarden of Layer Breton and painted a watercolour of the old church in 1909. Thomas Simpson was of Hotel Victoria, Bordighera, Italy when died at Villa Valentino, Bordighera on 18 August 1829, age given as 82 when his brother George Bartlett Simpson (22 December 1848-18 June 1932) was one of his executors.

Royal Academy Exhibits
from West House, Clapham Common, London
1888 1170 'The time of Sweet Serenity when colour glows' - watercolour




Works by This Artist