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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.

Portrait of Alfred Simpson, c. 1880s an unknown artist
Portrait of Alfred Simpson, c. 1880s an unknown artist
Portrait of Alfred Simpson, c. 1880s an unknown artist

Portrait of Alfred Simpson, c. 1880s an unknown artist

Portrait, oil on canvas

Courtesy of Mr Antony Simpson

Alfred Simpson, c.1866 an unknown artist
Alfred Simpson, c.1866 an unknown artist
Alfred Simpson, c.1866 an unknown artist

Alfred Simpson, c.1866 an unknown artist

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by L Gordon Darling AC CMG 2014

Sarah Simpson, c.1866 an unknown artist
Sarah Simpson, c.1866 an unknown artist
Sarah Simpson, c.1866 an unknown artist

Sarah Simpson, c.1866 an unknown artist

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by L Gordon Darling AC CMG 2014

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Max Schubert, 1980 David Simpson

Portrait, gelatin silver photograph on paper

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2014

Alice Want, 1853 William Nicholas
Alice Want, 1853 William Nicholas
Alice Want, 1853 William Nicholas

Alice Want, 1853 William Nicholas

Portrait, pencil and watercolour on paper

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

Edward Telford Simpson, 1919 John St Helier Lander
Edward Telford Simpson, 1919 John St Helier Lander
Edward Telford Simpson, 1919 John St Helier Lander

Edward Telford Simpson, 1919 John St Helier Lander

Portrait, oil on canvas

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

Emily Fairfax, 1870 William Macleod
Emily Fairfax, 1870 William Macleod
Emily Fairfax, 1870 William Macleod

Emily Fairfax, 1870 William Macleod

Portrait, oil on canvas laid on board

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of John Fairfax Holdings Ltd 2002
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Emily Spencer Wills, c.1859 an unknown artist
Emily Spencer Wills, c.1859 an unknown artist
Emily Spencer Wills, c.1859 an unknown artist

Emily Spencer Wills, c.1859 an unknown artist

Portrait, 1/6th plate daguerreotype with applied colour in al brass matt (without original leather case)

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of T S Wills Cooke 2014
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Ngalim-Ngalimbooroo Ngagenybe, 2018 Shirley Purdie

Storied portrait

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Emily Casey takes in Shirley Purdie’s remarkable self-portrait, Ngalim-Ngalimbooroo Ngagenybe.

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.