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Maker(s):Sayer, Robert and Bennett, John (printers)
Title:print: The Death of General Wolfe at Quebec
Date Made:1779
Materials:paper, ink, gouache, wood, glass
Place Made:United Kingdom; England; London
Measurements:framed: 12 1/2 x 16 in.; 31.75 x 40.64 cm
Accession Number:  HD 54.199
Museum Collection:  Historic Deerfield

Framed English hand-colored mezzotint engraving titled "The DEATH of GENERAL WOLFE at QUEBEC." and printed "London. Printed for R. Sayer & J. Bennett No.35 Fleet Street as the Act directs 10 Oct 1779." From his premises in Fleet Street, Robert Sayer (1725-1794) traded as a print seller and map publisher under his own name from the 1740s until his death, or in partnership with his former apprentice, John Bennett (d.1787) from 1774 to around 1785. Major-General James Wolfe (1727-1759) was placed in command of the British forces in the expedition against Quebec in 1759. His troops successfully attacked Quebec on Sept. 13, 1759; five days later, the French surrendered ensuring the English control of Canada. However, the Battle of Quebec took the lives of Wolfe, the French commander in chief, Montcalm, and 1500 French soldiers. Wolfe became a romanticized hero in England, and his prints and other commemorative items were also popular in the American colonies. Wolfe's memory was particularly revered in Boston and other New England newspapers printed poems and odes to his courage and sacrifice. The print, colored in shades of red, green, black, grey, brown, and blue, depicts a dying Wolfe laying on the ground supported by a Grenadier kneeling behind him and a volunteer kneeling in front of him, and another man, coming from the left side with his hat in his uplifted right hand and a line of troops in the far background, to tell him of the victory. Wolfe's sword and rifle are on the ground in front of him, with rocks and trees in the background and dark billowing clouds overhead.

deaths; military; wars; portraits

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