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HomeContents > People > Photographers > Alexander Simpson

Dates:  1823 - ?
Active:  India / Burma
 
  

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Approved biography for Alexander Simpson
Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, USA)

 
  
The son of a merchant in Aberdeen, Lieutenant Simpson received a classical and mathematical education from Marischal College and from the Edinburgh Military Academy. He entered the Bengal Artillery in 1842. How his interest in photography was stimulated is not known, but in 1862 he joined the Photographic Society of Bengal. He collaborated with John Burnie Dickson in photographically copying paintings for the geologist Sir Henry Yule’s Narrative of the Mission Sent by the Governor-General of India to the Court of Ava in 1855, a critical work in Burmese historical studies. 
  
Roger Taylor & Larry J. Schaaf Impressed by Light: British Photographs from Paper Negatives, 1840-1860 (Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2007) 
  
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Date last updated: 4 Nov 2012. 
  
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