Elizabeth Posthuma Simcoe

The Artist who left behind a legacy

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Who is Elizabeth Simcoe?

Elizabeth Simcoe was an artist who traveled through upper Canada and lower Canada from 1791 to 1796. As she traveled she produced a number of watercolor paintings and sketches of Canadian scenes. Elizabeth was also a diarist who kept a diary about her experiences travelling across Canada.


Elizabeth Simcoe was born on, September 22 1762 in Whitchurch, Herefordshire, England. Her father had died just before her birth, and then followed by her mother after. She was taken to care by her aunts and grandparents from both sides of the family. 20 years later in 1782, Elizabeth married John Graves Simcoe and had 4 daughters and 1 son. She died on January 17, 1850 at the age of 87.


The diary that Elizabeth left behind provided an impression of life in Colonial Ontario. It was first published in 1934. Elizabeth's legacy had also included of 595 water-color paintings that showed the town of York. She was associated with the naming of Scarborough, after Scarborough, England.