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Major-General James Wolfe (1727–1759), 1759

Photo credit: National Army Museum

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In the decade following General Wolfe’s death in 1759, this was the most famous image of this remarkable young man. It is the earliest accurate portrait of him at the moment of his greatest victory at Quebec in 1759, during the Seven Years’ War (1756–1763). When news of Wolfe’s heroic death in the service of his country reached Britain on 16 October 1759, he became a celebrity overnight. The public wanted to know what he looked like, but because he died in action there were no existing portraits showing him at the time of his triumph.

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  • Date


  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    48 x 43 cm (E)

  • Accession number

    NAM. 2008-05-25

  • Acquisition method

    purchased from an anonymous source with aid from the National Heritage Memorial Fund, the Garfield Weston Foundation, Society of Friends of the National Army Museum, the Art Fund and donations from the public, 2008


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