Portrait of General James Wolfe by J S C Schaak

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

Details

Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
35 x 30 cm
Art Fund grant:
£15,000 ( Total: £308,750; Export stopped)
Acquired in:
2008
Vendor:
Philip Mould

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.

Venue details

National Army Museum Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, LONDON London SW3 4HT 020 7730 0717 www.nam.ac.uk

Entry details

Free to all

Daily, 10am - 5.30pm (Last admission 5pm)

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