Charles W. Jefferys (1869-1951) was born in Rochester, England, and emigrated to Toronto as a child about 1880. He apprenticed with a lithography firm and studied oil painting and watercolour.
From 1893 to 1901, he worked as a reporter for the New York Herald. He then returned to Toronto and spent the rest of his career as a newspaper, magazine, and book illustrator.
His historical sketches appeared in school textbooks and in such major publications as The Makers of Canada (1911), Chronicles of Canada (1914–1916), and A Picture Gallery of Canadian History (1942–1950).
He was widely celebrated for his “accurate and meticulous portrayals of early Canadian life.”