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Auction archive: Lot number 63

After Benjamin West (American 1738-1820)The Death of General Wolfe

Fine Art
5 Dec 2018
Estimate
£2,000 - £3,000
ca. US$2,552 - US$3,828
Price realised:
£1,800
ca. US$2,297
Auction archive: Lot number 63

After Benjamin West (American 1738-1820)The Death of General Wolfe

Fine Art
5 Dec 2018
Estimate
£2,000 - £3,000
ca. US$2,552 - US$3,828
Price realised:
£1,800
ca. US$2,297
Beschreibung:

After Benjamin West (American 1738-1820) The Death of General Wolfe Oil on tin Oval 59.5 x 74.5cm (23¼ x 29¼ in.) Provenance: A Cheyne Walk Property Depicting the Death of British General James Wolfe at the 1759 Battle of Quebec during the French and Indian War, West painted his masterpiece in 1770, completing a second almost identical version in 1771 for King George III.Also known as the Battle of the Plains of Abraham, the Battle of Quebec was one of the pivotal events in the Seven Years War, deciding the fate of Frances colonies in North America. This later copy of Wests prolific work differs very little from the original. Wolfe is depicted beneath the British flag in a scene reminiscent of Christs descent from the Cross with the soldiers and Indian surrounding the General taking the place of apostles and Holy Family.Dressed in simple red clothes with his musket, cartridge and bayonet laid out in front of him, Wolfe is depicted as a humbleand noble General who went into battle armed as his men were. Beside the original another four copies by the artist are known to have been produced with the primary copy being housed in the National Museum of Canada. Three others can be located in the Royal Ontario Museum, the University of Michigan Museum of Art and Ickworth House Suffolk. Each reproduction has variations in the depiction of Wolfes death. The fifth autographed copy for George III from 1771 is still housed in the Royal Collection.

Auction archive: Lot number 63
Auction:
Datum:
5 Dec 2018
Auction house:
Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions
16-17 Pall Mall
St James’s
London, SW1Y 5LU
United Kingdom
[email protected]
+44 (0)20 78398880
Beschreibung:

After Benjamin West (American 1738-1820) The Death of General Wolfe Oil on tin Oval 59.5 x 74.5cm (23¼ x 29¼ in.) Provenance: A Cheyne Walk Property Depicting the Death of British General James Wolfe at the 1759 Battle of Quebec during the French and Indian War, West painted his masterpiece in 1770, completing a second almost identical version in 1771 for King George III.Also known as the Battle of the Plains of Abraham, the Battle of Quebec was one of the pivotal events in the Seven Years War, deciding the fate of Frances colonies in North America. This later copy of Wests prolific work differs very little from the original. Wolfe is depicted beneath the British flag in a scene reminiscent of Christs descent from the Cross with the soldiers and Indian surrounding the General taking the place of apostles and Holy Family.Dressed in simple red clothes with his musket, cartridge and bayonet laid out in front of him, Wolfe is depicted as a humbleand noble General who went into battle armed as his men were. Beside the original another four copies by the artist are known to have been produced with the primary copy being housed in the National Museum of Canada. Three others can be located in the Royal Ontario Museum, the University of Michigan Museum of Art and Ickworth House Suffolk. Each reproduction has variations in the depiction of Wolfes death. The fifth autographed copy for George III from 1771 is still housed in the Royal Collection.

Auction archive: Lot number 63
Auction:
Datum:
5 Dec 2018
Auction house:
Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions
16-17 Pall Mall
St James’s
London, SW1Y 5LU
United Kingdom
[email protected]
+44 (0)20 78398880
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