This painting of Laura Secord was painted by Mildred Peel.
Mildred Peel gives us a painting of Laura as an older woman. She looks severe, and her bonnet and bow, while being of the style of her age, look strangely like the apparel worn by English judges. Even her bonnet looks somewhat like a powdered wig.
I am exaggerating, of course. My imagination takes me to strange places at times. Mildred was the sister of noted artist Paul Peel. (After the Bath). He died at the young age of 32. Mildred (Millie?) died at 64. Mildred attended the Philadelphia School of Fine Art. She was also an excellent sculptor who created a significant number of busts of prominent citizen. Mildred was for a time a member of California's Laguna Beach .Art Association.
My online research revealled that when she lived in Laguna, she was known as "Lady Ross". This presents a great mystery. This sounds like there is a "Sir" in the background.
The next blog entry tells the story behind this mystery.