The Citadel, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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William McGillivray (1764/5-1825) was the older brother of Simon. His father was Donald McGillivray and mother Anne McTavish (sister of Simon McTavish). He came to Canada in 1784 and joined the North West Company, becoming principal director in 1804. Fort Kaministiquia, the company's headquarters was renamed Fort William in his honour in 1807. He supported the union with the Hudson's Bay Company. He served during the War of 1812 and sat on the Legislative Council of Lower Canada from 1814 to 1825. This portrait, said to be of William looks similar to the miniature of Simon acquired from the same family source.
The frame is a japanese lacquer, with gold profile and gold inner mat, with glazing. The author of the work is unknown. There is an oil portrait of the sitter said to be by Sir Martin Archer Shee in the National Archives collection; Shee was not known as a miniature painter. Dress of the sitter is approximately 1805. The style is very similar to the miniature of Simon McGillivray.
William McGillivray (1764?-1825) (Artist)
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