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Military double-sided jigsaws 'British soldiers past & present'

Military double-sided jigsaws 'British soldiers past & present'

Code: 2524


Two framed double-sided jigsaws ‘British Soldiers Past & Present’ Their dress and equipment 1669 - 1894, by the military artist, R. Simkin for the publishers, Frederick Warne and Co., London & New York. Complete with the original mahogany box with coloured illustration and accompanying booklet.
English, circa 1900
Jigsaws, each now framed: Height 11.5” (23cm) Width 27” (69cm)
Box: 13” (33cm) x 11” (28cm) x 3” (7.5cm)
Stock No. 2524

Richard Simkin
Born in Herne Bay, Kent, on 5 November 1850, the son of a commercial traveller, also named Richard.[1] He spent much of his time at Aldershot, Hampshire, after marrying his wife, Harriet, in 1880, and may also have been a volunteer in the Artists Rifles. He was employed by the War Office to design recruiting posters, and to illustrate the Army and Navy Gazette. In 1901 he created a series of 'Types of the Indian Army' for the Gazette.;[2] he obtained much of the information from the Colonial and India Exhibition of 1886. During his lifetime, he, along with Orlando Norie produced thousands of watercolours depicting the uniforms and campaigns of the British Army. Simkin also contributed illustrations to numerous publications including the Boy's Own Magazine, The Graphic and others; many were published by Raphael Tuck and sons.
He died at his home at 7 Cavendish Street, Herne Bay on 25 June 1926, survived by his wife and two daughters. Today, his pictures can be seen in numerous regimental museums and his illustrations appear in regimental histories, while watercolours frequently come up for auction.