Katherine Jane “Janie” Ellice was a Diarist and Artist. She is most remembered for her chronicle and watercolours of a trip to Canada, in 1838, where she and her sister were taken prisoner during the Battle of Beauharnois.

She came to Canada from England with her husband, Edward Ellice to Canada who was to work as private secretary to his cousin (by marriage), John Lambton, 1st Earl of Durham, who was en route be Governor-General of the Province of Canada and Lieutenant-Governor of Lower Canada.

During the Battle of Beauharnois, she, and the rest of her household were taken by surprise during a nighttime siege led by François-Marie-Thomas Chevalier de Lorimier, then held as prisoners. She negotiated with the rebels, and they were allowed to remove to the home of the Catholic priest, where they were then allowed to obtain meat and milk from the Ellice’s livestock.  62 people were held

A brisk firing commenced all around the cottage; bullets coming through the house in all directions. Then came a dreadful rush of Men, women & children, screaming, some falling & being trampled upon in the door way. We thought the rebels were coming to murder us, & locked in Tina’s arms I was trying to compose my mind when Mr. Parker pushed thro’ the crowd & told us we were safe.
— Jane Ellice, The Diary of Jane Ellice

Katherine Ellice studied drawing with Lord Durham’s drawing master, Coke Smyth, who gave lessons to Katherine and Lady Durham in Canada.

She is known for her watercolour depictions of aspects of the 1837 Rebellion, painted while residing in Beauharnois, as well as other works representing Quebec.  Her art album is now held at the Library and Archives Canada. A copy of her diary is also housed at the Library and Archives Canada.  Many are also available online at Katherine Jane Ellice | Watercolour World 

Source: Katherine Ellice – Wikipedia

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