Sir Roger Hale Sheafe
by Mather Brown.Reproduction o original oil on canvas.Collection o the Duke o Northumberland, Alnwick Castle.
A message rom the Honourable David C. Onley,Lieutenant Governor o Ontario
Searching or a Portrait, Finding a Uniorm
Te path leading to the repatriation o the uniorm and artiacts belonging to Sir Roger Hale Sheae, and the discovery o his ocial portrait, is like anepisode o
: the search or one thing uncovered several others.Te Oce o the Lieutenant Governor has a large but incompleteportraiture collection o the 42 vice-regal representatives since 1791.I wrote to the Archivist o Ontario in June 2008 asking who was missing and was told that no portraits existed orsix, mostly prominently, Sir Roger Hale Sheae. Ater General Isaac Brock’s death at the battle o Queenston Heights,Sheae took command and engineered a great military victory.Tis led me to search the internet to learn more about Sir Roger, whereupon I ound the Sheae amily’s Australian website, replete with pictureso their visit to Queenston Heights in the 1990s and photos o Sir Roger’sdescendants wearing his uniorm rom 1812. Most incredibly, the site proudly eatured Sir Roger’s portrait, the missing item rom Ontario’s collection! As we moved closer to the bicentennial o 1812, local Niagara residentLinda Stanley, along with John Wright, chair o Wounded Warriors, began tocollaborate with the Sheae amily and the Oce o the Lieutenant Governorin a long process to secure the uniorm’s return to Ontario.Countless emails later, the Sheae amily decided to donate the uniorm andartiacts that their amily had careully preserved over the last two centuries and tocome to Ontario or the 200th anniversary o the Battle o Queenston Heights.Meanwhile, it was discovered that the portrait on the Sheae amily website hung at Alnwick Castle in England, maintained by the Duke o Northumberland, whose amily members were the original patrons o Sir Roger.In short order, the duke sent a digital image o the portrait, and atercareul work by the Archives o Ontario, the image was placed upon canvasand ramed, appearing nearly indistinguishable rom the original work.So, a simple letter rom our years ago has resulted in the repatriation o the uniorm o the victor o Queenston Heights, and, or the frst time, theinclusion in Ontario’s ocial art collection o the portrait o the seventh vice-regal representative in Upper Canada,Sir Roger Hale Sheae.