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John Simpson studied at the Royal Academy Schools, and he was for many years one of Sir Thomas Lawrence's most active assistants, completing several of his unfinished portraits after his death in 1830. Simpson lived and worked in London, where he established a successful portrait painting practice with many eminent sitters to his name. In 1834 travelled to Portugal, where he was appointed portrait painter-in-ordinary to Maria II, Queen of Portugal.
oil on canvas
73.7 x 61 cm
Given by Charles Davis, 1908