Alfred Jonniaux, Lt Colonel Charles Francis Cracroft Jarvis

Photo courtesy of Dave Penman (All rights reserved)


Country House
Doddington Hall
Lt Colonel Charles Francis Cracroft Jarvis
? c.1920
Upper Staircase From Ground Floor
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Overall height: 66 cm, Overall width: 53 cm
Alfred Jonniaux (1882-1974)
Catalogue Number


Charles Francis ‘Bobby’ Cracroft Jarvis, OBE (1875–1957) was born Kettlethorpe, Lincolnshire, 3 May 1875, the son of the Reverend Francis Armcotts Jarvis and Caroline Lloyd. Jarvis served in the South African War 1899–1901 with the 1st Battalion Yorkshire Regiment, and was present at the relief of Kimberley and operations in the Orange Free State. He held the office of justice of the peace, and gained the rank of lieutenant colonel in the service of the 19th Regiment. Jarvis married on 6 June 1906 Helen Constance Hunter Blair, daughter of Sir Edward Hunter Blair of Blairquhan and Dunskey, fourth Baronet, and Elizabeth Wauchope, widow of Captain Johnston Stewart of Physgill. Bobby Jarvis was the father of Ralph George Edward Jarvis (1907–1973). He died on 18 January 1957, North Kesteven, Lincolnshire.

Alfred Jonniaux (1882–1974), was a Belgian portrait painter. Born in Brussels, Jonniaux studied at the Academie Royale des Beaux-Arts, before establishing himself as a successful society portrait painter in London, based in Yeoman’s Row, Chelsea. Following the occupation of Belgium during the Second World War, he moved to America, where he gained citizenship in 1946. Jonniaux established studios in San Francisco and Washington DC, where he painted the portrait of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 32nd president of the United States.

by Martin Postle

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