William Simpson R.I., R.B.A., (British, 1823-1899) The Tomb of Omar Khayyam, Nishapur, Iran 33.6 x 23.5 cm. (13 1/4 x 9 1/4 in.)

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William Simpson R.I., R.B.A., (British, 1823-1899) The Tomb of Omar Khayyam, Nishapur, Iran 33.6 x 23.5 cm. (13 1/4 x 9 1/4 in.)

Sold for £ 4,063 (US$ 5,440) inc. premium
William Simpson R.I., R.B.A., (British, 1823-1899)
signed, dated 1886 and inscribed "from a sketch made on the spot 27 Oct 1884", watercolour heightened with white

Footnotes

  • A similar version is published:
    W. Simpson, 'The Autobiography of William Simpson', London, 1903, p. 309.

    In 1884, William Simpson accompanied a commission, mainly comprised of members of the diplomatic service, appointed by the British authorities to visit Afghan Turkestan. General Sir Peter Lumsden arranged a trip to Nishapur to visit the tomb of the noted Persian poet Omar Kyam.

    Simpson recounts: "As we neared the spot we noticed the mounds of old mud walls, which turned out to be those of the original Nishapur...The mehmander pointed out a blue dome as the tomb...I was rather astonished to find so magnificent a monument in a country where everything is mud and all is poor and primitive. The building was an Imamzadah-tomb of an imam's son...we were led to the left where in a recess formed by the wing, is a plain oblong mass of brick plastered with no ornament. This was the tomb of Omar Kyam."

    Bibliography:
    W. Simpson, 'The Autobiography of William Simpson', London, 1903, p.305.
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