(c. 1874 - after 1964)
British drawing and graphic artist.
German drawing teacher and graphic artist.
To be clear: these two artists, and their life’s, have absolutely nothing to do with each other. Except I met their acquaintance about the same time, I mentioned them both in the Blog just once and I just happened to see some similarities in their art and life’s. As editor, owner, inspirator and writer of this Blog I decided a combined posting would be a nice undertaking.
Blog reader Bob Reeves recently stumbled over my youthfull posting on Janet Simpson after investigating this Berwick Bridge etching (left) on his wall. Bob as a “bakers boy” in the ‘60’s delivered bread at Janet's house in Brenchley's Crooke Lane and has kind memories of her as an old lady occasionally inviting him in for tea and a chat. He was given 8 postcards with her work and this original signed for the occasion etching of the Bridge at Berwick on Tweed in 1964 the year Dorothea Milde passed away. (Above left)
|Dorothea's house in Quedlingburg|
And both excelled in the art of drawing. Both were well trained artists, Dorothea at Breslau Kunstakademie and Janet at Lambeth School of Art and the Royal College of Art.
|Blenchley Highstreet, watercolor|
thanks to David Herbert.
Historical Brenchley, Kent
The old Workhouse, Brenchley
Historical Quedlinburg, Harz.
The stairs to the school in historical Münzenberg
|Historical Edinburgh by Janet Simspon|
thanks to David Herbert
Both becoming obscured and forgotten. Dorothea ended her life in poverty, breeding dogs at no great success. I don’t know about Janet.
Thanks to readers and fellow Bloggers:
Archimandrill (see comments) some more is now known about Janet. In 1901 Janet and her father David Goudie Simpson (b. 1839, an astonomer) and sister Mary Goudy Simpson (b. 1869, and also a painter) in 1901 lived in Camberwell, Denmark Hill, London.
and David herbert sending me the two extra examples within a days after publishing.