34" X 27" OIL ON CANVAS, unsigned. Circa 1810, on the original stretcher, restored. Unframed.
Biography from AskART:
A portrait painter in New York, John Wesley Jarvis was a leading Knickerbocker artist who had a close friendship with Washington Irving and painted his portrait. Increasingly as he pursued his career, he traveled to distant cities including New Orleans where he spent many winters from 1820 to 1834 and worked as a portraitist.
He was born in South Shield, England and was a nephew of theologian John Wesley. At age five, he was brought to Philadelphia where he apprenticed in engraving to Edward Savage. In 1801, he and Savage went to New York City, and Jarvis went into partnership with Joseph Wood, doing miniature portraits. By 1808, he was well known, becoming one of the Knickerbocker painters, and his most important works were full-length military figures from the War of 1812 for the City Hall of New York. High living led to illness including a stroke in New Orleans, and he was in extreme poverty at the time of his death in New York City in 1840.