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Steer Roping: Leaving the Chute
© the artist's estate. Photo credit: Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum

Steer Roping: Leaving the Chute

Charles Walter Simpson (1885–1971)

Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum

Painter in oil, tempera and watercolour mainly of landscapes, marine pictures, animals, hunting scenes and birds; writer. Born in Camberley, Surrey, a riding accident prevented Simpson from pursuing a military career. Studied art in Paris at the Académie Julian and privately. Married Ruth Alison, a portrait painter. They moved to St Ives, Cornwall, in World War I, where they ran a painting school before moving on to London in 1924, and returning to Cornwall in 1931. Exhibited at RA, RI, Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts and Paris Salon. His work is owned by the Laing Art Gallery and Museum, Newcastle upon Tyne, and by galleries in Doncaster, Derby, Bournemouth and abroad. In the 1920s rodeo displays at the Wembley Empire Exhibition inspired Simpson’s lively book El Rodeo.

Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)

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