William Jarvis with his son Samuel Peters Jarvis I

James Earlcirca 1791-92

Royal Ontario Museum

Royal Ontario Museum
Toronto, Canada

Jarvis (1756 – 1817), born in Stamford, Connecticut, was a Loyalist serving in the Queen’s Rangers during the American Revolution before moving to England about 1784. In 1792, he assumed the post of provincial secretary of Upper Canada under Lieuentant-Governor John Graves Simcoe. He and son Samuel Peters (1787 – 1792), who soon “fell sacrifice to this inhospitable climate”, both wear modified Queen’s Rangers uniforms. Jarvis’s long-tailed coat with velvet trim indicates a uniform for ceremonial and society occasions.


  • Title: William Jarvis with his son Samuel Peters Jarvis I
  • Date: circa 1791-92
  • Physical Dimensions: w91 x h107.1 cm
  • Provenance: Purchased by the Royal Ontario Museum with the assistance of a grant approved by the Minister of Canadian Heritage under the terms of the Cultural Property Export and Import Act.
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Royal Ontario Museum
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Painter: James Earl
  • Accession Number: 981.79.1

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