Royal West Kent Regiment, 50th of Foot - A Set of Four Watercolours, circa 1910
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Each Overall: 26.7cm (10.5in) x 35.6cm (14in)
Water colour on paper. Studies illustrating the progression of uniform of the 50th Royal West Kent Regiment. Signed. Framed and glazed.
Richard Simkin (1850–1926) was sometime a member of a London volunteer regiment before attending the Heatherly Art School in Kensington. He was employed as an illustrator by the War Office designing recruiting posters and providing illustrations for the Army and Navy Gazette. He married in 1880 and lived for six years at Aldershot before moving to Herne Bay. An authority on British military uniforms, he depicted imperial and colonial troops to create such series as 'Types of the Indian Army' for the Army and Navy Gazette in 1901, having gained much first hand information at the Colonial and India Exhibition of 1886. During his lifetime, he contributed illustrations to numerous publications including The Graphic and Boy’s Own Magazine. He died at his home a 7 Cavendish Street, Herne Bay, Kent, in June 1926.