This charming little portrait depicts “Handsome Kit” the “Thunderer of Kingston”, Christopher Hagerman (1792-1847). Born at Adolphustown, Hagerman became a lawyer and was elected for Kingston to the government assembly in 1820. A long-serving parliamentarian known for his strongly expressed conservative opinions, Hagerman become Solicitor-General in 1829, Attorney-General in 1837 and later served as a senior judge. The portrait shows Hagerman as a young man and was probably painted in England during a visit in 1833. It may relate to a large, full-length portrait belonging to the City of Kingston.