This year we are going to highlight photographs from the collection here at the Wren Library. For January we have chosen an atmospheric photograph of Frederick Arthur Simpson (1883-1974) crossing Great Court on New Year’s Day.
Simpson’s memorial inscription in the college chapel describes him (in translation) as follows:
A graduate of Oxford, Frederick Arthur Simpson was a Fellow of this College for sixty-two years and Lecturer for twenty-five years. His Life of the Emperor Napoleon III, propitiously begun, he left unfinished. He was Dean of Chapel and a preacher of wonderful eloquence. He carefully tended the shrubs in the College gardens. Even in old age he was a kindly friend to those younger than himself. He died in 1974 at the age of ninety.
For a more detailed biography, see the excellent resource below: