Royal Scottish Academy of Painting Sculpture and Architecture
William Simpson (1823- 1899) was a Scottish artist, war artist and war correspondent. This medal appears to have been given retrospectively.
The Society's website states that"The Royal Scottish Academy (RSA) was founded in 1826 by a group of eleven eminent artists whose aims were to present an annual exhibition open to all artists of merit,
create an academy of fine arts instructing students at no charge, maintain a library devoted to the fine arts, support less fortunate artists through charitable funds, elect eminent honorary members.
The first Annual Exhibition was held in 1827, and as the Academy developed in stature its membership increased in the disciplines of painting, sculpture and architecture. Gaining a Royal Charter in 1838, the Academy rapidly grew in significance and status throughout the nineteenth century, providing training for young artists and maintaining a collection of inspirational works of art for the benefit of students and the wider public.
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