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Alice Want, 1853

William Nicholas

pencil and watercolour on paper (frame: 37.5 cm x 28.4 cm, sight: 20.6 cm x 14.0 cm)

Alice Simpson, née Want (b. 1837) was one of nine children of Randolph and Harriette Want, who married in Sydney in 1839. Randolph Want (1811-1869), a solicitor, arrived in Australia in the late 1820s and served in the first Legislative Assembly of New South Wales. Alice married grazier Robert Percy Simpson in Sydney in 1857. Their eldest son, Edward Percy Simpson, was born in 1858 and followed two of his uncles into the legal profession, establishing the tradition followed by three generations of men in the Simpson family.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the Simpson family in memory of Caroline Simpson OAM 2008
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Accession number: 2008.80

Currently not on display

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Artist and subject

William Nicholas

Alice Simpson (age 16 in 1853)

Subject professions

Migration and colonisation

Donated by

Emily Simpson (6 portraits)

Louise Dobson (6 portraits)

Alice Simpson (6 portraits)

Edward Simpson (6 portraits)

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