Joseph Simpson, R.B.A. (1879-1939)

Joseph Simpson, R.B.A. (1879-1939). Robert Louis Stevenson, c.1915. Ink on laid paper, plate measures 8 3/8 x 11 7/8 inches; sheet measures 10 5/8 x 16 inches. Excellent condition with minor toning. No foxing, soiling, fading or mat burn. No restoration or damage. Inscribed “First proof, first state” lower left margin in pencil. Signed lower right margin in pencil.



  • 1879 born in Carlisle, Cumbria
  • 1905 Simpson came to London, England working for the press doing poster designs and doing oils in his spare time.[1]
  • 1909 Frank Brangwyn encouraged Simpson to do his first etching.[2]
  • 1918 Simpson became an official artist with the R.A.F. [3]
  • 1926 Simpson’s first exhibition of etchings took place in Glasgow at Wishart Brown in March[4]
  • 1939 died London, England