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"The Death of General Wolfe"
West, Benjamin
oil on canvas
Centimetres: 188.5 (height), 268.5 (width)
1776, retouched 1806
Purchased with the assistance of Col. Alexander Fraser

Description: West painted five large versions of The Death of General Wolfe. This one is the last. It remained in West’s Gallery in London until 1829, when it was purchased by a descendant of Brigadier-General Monckton, Wolfe’s second in command in Quebec. The painting remained in the family until 1921 when it was acquired by Sigmund Samuel, for whom Canada’s colonial history was an abiding passion.

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