The Round Tower

Drawing
1869 (drawn)
Not currently on display at the V&A

Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Drawing from a sketchbook containing studies of figures, landscapes and buildings in the Crimea. 44 pages of white wove paper bound in cloth-covered boards.


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Brief Description
'The Round Tower'. Drawing in a sketchbook containing studies of figures, landscapes and buildings in the Crimea, 1869. William Simpson
Physical Description
Drawing from a sketchbook containing studies of figures, landscapes and buildings in the Crimea. 44 pages of white wove paper bound in cloth-covered boards.
Dimensions
  • Size of covers height: 22.4cm
  • Size of covers width: 28.2cm
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Marks and Inscriptions
Inscribed and dated with title and Malakof. Sebastopol, 24th. April, 1869. (Malakoff and Malakhov are alternative spellings)
Credit line
Purchased with the assistance of the National Heritage Memorial Fund, Art Fund, Shell International and the Friends of the V&A
Historical context
The Malakov Kurgan is a hill to the east of Sebastopol, with a fortification (the Round Tower) on it. It was key to the defences, and Sebastopol finally fell in 1855 when the French stormed it after an 11 month siege. See the Illustrated London News, 26 June 1869, p.641.

Simpson revisited the Crimea in April 1869, with the Prince and Princess of Wales: see Autobiography, 1903, pp.216-23. His account describes many of the subjects of these sketches. The Illustrated London News, from 22 May - 24 July 1869, reproduced illustrations derived from these sketches, with commentary by Simpson.
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Accession Number
SD.978:16

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record createdNovember 9, 2008
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