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A fine portrait of an unidentified Canadian Militia officer. He seems to be wearing a variation of an evening dress uniform which looks to be that of the Queen's Own Rifles of Canada. Note the monocle hanging from a cord around his neck.


 He is wearing a miniature version of the 1885 North West Canada Medal which was awarded to members of Canadian units that took part in the suppression of the Metis led by Louis Riel.  The North West Canada Medal had a ribbon of blue-gray with two red stripes towards the edges.  The reflective nature of the silk medal ribbons used at the time played havoc with 19th Century photographic methods and makes it difficult to determine exact colors.

Cabinet Photograph
J. E. Livernois - Photographer
Quebec, Canada
c. 1890s

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