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Sidney Herbert Sime (1864/67-1941)

Sidney Herbert Sime (1864/67-1941)

Sidney Sime is an almost legendary name in the world of illustration. He grew from poverty and obscurity to become ‘the Greatest Living Imaginative Artist’, in the view of such patrons as Randolph Hearst. Uncompromising to the last, he rarely exhibited his work but his ‘strong personality and powers of conversation could astonish his audience’

Sidney Sime was born in Hulme, Manchester, to Scottish parents. Following the family’s move to Liverpool, his father found employment in a furniture warehouse. As his family was very poor, Sime was forced to spend five years of his childhood working in a Yorkshire colliery as a scoop pusher.

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