Richard Simkin

Artist and illustrator (1850-1926) Born in Kent, Richard Simkin is renowned for his watercolour paintings and lithograph prints of the uniforms and campaigns of the British Army.

Many of his illustrations were published and featured in journals and magazines in the late 1800s.

The illustrations are a key reference tool for identifying uniform from many regiments, and give a good insight into how uniform progressed from the very early days of a regiment’s history through to the First World War.

Low Parks Museum holds a collection of original Simkin watercolours and a set of lithographs showing the uniforms of the 26th and 90th Regiments, and that of The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles).

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The Earl of Angus’ Regiment of Foot, (Cameronians), 1689

The Earl of Angus’ Regiment of Foot, (Cameronians), 1689.

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26th Regiment of Foot

26th Regiment of Foot,(Cameronians), 1751.

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90th Perthshire Volunteers

90th Perthshire Volunteers, Light Infantry, 1832.

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Cameronians 1882

The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles), 1882.

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Cameronians 1914

The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles), 1914.