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Lieutenant-General The Honourable Robert Monckton (1726–1782), 1762

Photo credit: National Army Museum

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Monckton's military career was largely centred in North America, most significantly as General Wolfe's second-in-command at Quebec in 1759. From 1761–1763, he was Governor of New York. It was thus no coincidence that he chose the young American artist, Benjamin West, to record his grandest moment for posterity. In 1763 West had just arrived in London, en route from Italy to his native Pennsylvania, when he received the commission. His interpretation of the dignified general, with its fashionable Neo-Classical allusion to the Apollo Belvedere, was so successful that it was one of three paintings exhibited in 1764 that launched West's career in England.

National Army Museum

London


Date

1763/1764

Medium

oil on canvas

Measurements

H 229 x W 169 cm (E)

Accession number

NAM. 2003-05-161

Acquisition method

purchased from Robert Holden Ltd with aid from the Heritage Lottery Fund and an anonymous benefactor, 2003

Work type

Painting


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