Unknown Artist, ? George Ralph Payne Jarvis

Photo courtesy of Dave Penman (All rights reserved)


Country House
Doddington Hall
? George Ralph Payne Jarvis
? c. late 1790s to early 1800s
Private Apartments
Medium and support
Oil on panel
Overall height: 50 cm, Overall width: 40 cm
Unknown Artist
Catalogue Number


This portrait of a young man in British military uniform may depict George Ralph Payne Jarvis (1774–1851), who, upon the death of his intimate friend Mrs Sarah Gunman, inherited her estates, including Doddington Hall. One of twenty-one children of an Antiguan plantation owner, Jarvis arrived in England at the age of twenty-one. He entered the British army as Ensign in 1792, and became a Major in 1810, having served in the 36th Foot Regiment in the Peninsula War, 1808–9. In 1819 he had attained the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel. A comparison of the physiognomy of the subject of the present portrait with the portrait of Jarvis in middle age (DN44) suggests that they may be the same person.

by Martin Postle

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