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    Sale 5428

    Travel, Science & Natural History

    23 April 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 586

    Attributed to William Simpson (1823-1899)

    Yosemite Falls

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    Attributed to William Simpson (1823-1899)
    Yosemite Falls
    pencil and watercolour on paper
    19½ x 13¼in. (49.5 x 33.6cm.)

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    In 1872 William Simpson travelled to China for the wedding of the Emperor, subsequently visiting Japan and returning by way of America. In May 1873 Simpson visited Yosemite and was hugely impressed by majesty of the place and recorded "waterfalls unsurpassed for size or beauty" and that "Eden itself could not have been more lovely". He and his party stayed at the Leidig Hotel situated at the foot of the Yosemite Falls

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    William Simpson Meeting the Sun: A Journey all round the world, through Egypt, China, Japan, and California, including an account of the marriage ceremonies of the Emperor of China London, 1874, p. 385