This portrait of General Wolfe commemorates Britain's most celebrated military hero of the eighteenth century and one of its pivotal events.

Wolfe's daring victory over the French at the Battle of Quebec on 13 September 1759 united Canada and the 13 American colonies under the British crown. Death at the moment of victory earned him a reputation as a patriotic martyr that was unmatched by any British hero until Nelson. This is the first contemporary portrait of Wolfe in the National Army Museum.

Provenance

Lieutenant Colonel Henry Fletcher (1724-1803) who served under Wolfe at Louisbourg and Quebec; by descent; Sotheby's, 1966; Peter Winkworth; Sotheby's, 2007; Philip Mould.


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