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The Death of General Wolfe

Photo credit: The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology

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James Wolfe (1727–1759), a professional soldier who rose to be Major-General, commanded the force sent up the Saint Lawrence River against Quebec in 1759. He was shot during the battle on the Plains of Abraham and died on 13 September 1759 after hearing that his attack had been successful. Penny's work, arguably the first heroic history painting in modern dress, shows the death of General Wolfe surrounded by his officers, while a messenger runs in to announce the news of victory.

The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology





oil on canvas


H 102 x W 127 cm

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Presented by Edward Penny, the artist, 1787 On loan.

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