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Sir John Simpson (1858–1933) was the Royal Institute of British Architects’s first President after the First World War (1919–1921). An enthusiastic Francophile, he was keen to rebuild the links between the Institute and foreign institutes broken or stretched during the war. His most famous work was the Empire Exhibition buildings at Wembley, opened in 1925 and the Wembley Stadium (opened 1923), which survived until recently.
oil on canvas
H 127.4 x W 95.2 cm
commissioned by the RIBA, c.1921